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The first Baroque residence on the Upper Rhine

Rastatt Residential Palace

Rastatt Residential Palace, detail from the ceiling fresco “Bacchus and Ariadne” in the margravine’s apartment, circa 1705. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, credit unknown
ELEGANT ROOMS 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 quadratura painting in Germany.

Rastatt Residential Palace, “Raising Hercules”, ceiling fresco in the margravine’s audience room. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, credit unknown

Raising Hercules

THE CEILING FRESCOES

Giuseppe Roli, who painted the frescoes in the ancestral hall, also designed the margravine's rooms between 1704 and 1707, with the help of his students, Giuseppe Antonio Caccioli and Pietro Antonio Farina. These Bolognese artists were specialists in quadratura painting: Their illusionistic style makes spaces appear larger than they actually are. The scene in the audience room depicts “Raising Hercules”, which is a reference of Sibylla Augusta as a mother.

Rastatt Residential Palace, table clock with ivory detail, Ignatius Elhafen, 1697. Image: 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 off. Remaining pieces include a four-part table stand and a clock decorated with gemstones and ivory carvings.

Rastatt Residential Palace, golden figure above the alcove: “The God of Sleep”; the margravine’s bedroom, Rastatt Residential Palace. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Arnim Weischer

Hypnos, the God of Sleep

The margravine's bedroom

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

Rastatt Residential Palace, the bedroom in the margravine's state apartment. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Andrea Rachele

Margravine Sibylla Augusta’s magnificent bedroom

Visitors in the margravine’s private rooms at Rastatt Residential Palace. Image: 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 were paneled in wood and outfitted with cast iron stoves and stucco-adorned fireplaces. The ceiling frescoes still date back to the original construction and are the work of Bolognese quadratura painters. The Goddesses Tellus, Juno and Flora are depicted, symbolizing growth and life.

Rastatt Residential Palace, green drawing room with cast iron stove, stucco elements and ceiling frescoes. Image: Landesmedienzentrum Baden-Württemberg, credit unknown
Rastatt Residential Palace, second private room with portrait of Maria Josepha of Bavaria and Maria Amalie of Austria. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Andrea Rachele

Two magnificent rooms in Margravine Sibylla Augusta’s private apartments