When the hunting lodge, Amalienburg, was built in the 18th century on the grounds of Nymphenburg Palace in Munich it captured the mood of a new independent rich craving for flippancy, frivolity and fun. It’s enchanting Rococo style reflected an ethereal atmosphere in gold and silver with a burst of vibrant colors. As an intimate retreat created for self-indulgence in the company of a close circle of friends, it was extremely fashionable at the time to depict interiors that were decadent and luxurious but cozy and intimate. The Rococo style with its soft, sensuous decorative ornaments manifested itself in the Hall of Mirrors, where it set an atmosphere for reading poetry, inspiring intellectual discussion and the questioning of ideas and thoughts. Ultimately, Rococo was about contemplating a scene for pleasure, delight and surprise. The effect of all this, was to blur the boundaries between walls and ceilings and make the space look and feel like a fleeting illusion or a dream-like impression. Mirrors were used to reflect the outside nature, while chandeliers added glitter to a bourgeois society seeking glamour.
[Amalienburg Hunting Lodge l Location: Munich, Germany l Photographer: Steve Jurvetson]