Munich Residenz, München, Germany
Since 1920, the Munich Residenz has been open to the public as a museum and is today one of the most important museum museums in Europe. To this day, the extensive construction the petrified witness the self-understanding of its clients represent the rulers of the House of Wittelsbach, the first as dukes, since the 17th century ruled as electors and from 1806 to 1918 as kings in Bavaria.
The centuries maintained function of the residence as a main living and seat of government of the ruler can be today seen in architecture and interior design: From 16th to 19th century here space art of Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo, Classicism and Historicism emerged on each highest Artistic as well as material level. In these, the visitors to this day are able to understand and experience the forms of princely self-expression that have come to an end in the epochs of humanism, counter-reformation and enlightenment, divine mercy and constitutional monarchy.
This is possible because in the Munich residence, the precious furnishings of the rooms – furniture and paintings, carpet paintings, sculptures, treasures and religious devotional objects – are still predominantly in the places for which they were once created. The unity of artistic and historical significance of space and equipment is therefore rarely seen here.
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