The first Baroque residence on the Upper Rhine

Rastatt Residential Palace

Elegant halls in red and gold

The margravine's

apartments

The margravine's apartments in Rastatt Palace are a mirror image of the margrave's apartments. The ceiling frescoes are an important example of early Italian quadrature painting in Germany.

Rastatt Residential Palace, painting “Upbringing of Hercules”; Photo: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, unknown

The upbringing of Hercules.

The ceiling frescoes

Giuseppe Roli, who painted the frescoes in the ancestral portrait gallery, also designed the margravine's rooms between 1704 and 1707 – supported by his students Giuseppe Antonio Caccioli and Pietro Antonio Farina. These artists from Bologna were specialists in quadrature painting: their perspective painting enables the spaces to appear larger than they really were. The scene in the audience room depicts the “Upbringing of Hercules” – suggesting Sibylla Augusta as a mother.

Rastatt Residential Palace, ivory clock; Photo: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Steffen Hauswirth

Original table clock with ivory relief.

Décor then and now

The margravine's rooms have been maintained in dark red and gold. The décor once included silver furniture and a magnificent clock with silver figures. Hangings around the bed and throne canopy were embroidered in red, silver and gold. After the Baden-Baden line died out, items from this magnificent décor were auctioned. Pieces retained include a four-part table stand and a clock decorated with jewels and ivory carvings.

Rastatt Residential Palace, golden putto “The God of Sleep”; Photo: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Arnim Weischer

The God of Sleep.

The margravine's bedroom

Above the bed niche Hypnos, the God of sleep, urgently puts his fingers to his lips as if to say: "Hush, this is the bedroom!" The ceiling fresco also makes reference to the subject of sleep with the scene “Sleep of Venus,” although nobody actually slept here. The late Baroque Italian state bed is of the “Lit à la duchesse” type with a canopy suspended from the ceiling, like the one once owned by Sibylla Augusta.

The margravine's bedroom.

Rastatt Residential Palace, visitors in the Green Saloon; Photo: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Niels Schubert

See the private rooms as part of a guided tour.

The private apartments

The three private rooms next to the state apartment are dominated by light colors and more vibrant designs. After 1747, Margrave Ludwig Georg had the rooms modernized in the Rococo style. Then they received wooden wall panelling, cast iron stoves and stucco adorned fireplaces. The ceiling frescoes still date back to the time of construction and are the work of the quadrature painters of Bologna. The Goddesses Tellus, Juno and Flora are depicted, symbolizing growth and life.

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From the bedroom, look across to the ceiling of the miniatures cabinet – a masterpiece of stucco and painting.

Two rooms in the margravine's private apartments.

Other highlights of Rastatt Residential Palace