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Searching more metaphors: we will see the light at the end of the tunnel. - The throne room in the Royal Palace of Aranjuez. Built after joining several rooms this majestic space combines the neoclassical rococó (or Louis XV) and empire styles. The ceiling was painted by Vicente Camarón and Antonio García Suárez in the mid 19th century. @patrimnacional
As I did some weeks ago today I rescue a photo of my personal archive that probably I would never posted here. But we are living difficult times where sometimes a simple metaphor helps us to survive. Here comes my personal vision through my lenses of this moment! We will see the light at the end of the tunnel Im pretty sure. - The main hall of La Casa del Labrador in Aranjuez. The Great Hall was decorated following the style of etruscan drawing which contains little figures of Jupiter Juno tight
An absolute-art masterpiece in the Royal Palace of Aranjuez. - The of the private Oratory of Carlos IV. Designed by Juan de Villanueva the famous frescoes of this sacred room were painted by Francisco Bayeu between 1790 and 1791. They contained in the walls and in the the grizzlies passages from the life of Our Lady the Virgin Mary; the ceiling represents the Eternal Father. The refined white stuccos were made by Domingo and José Brilli.
From the little proportions of La Casa del Labrador last Thursday to the palatial proportions of the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial. - The main staircase of the Royal Monastery of Escorial. Attributed to Giovanni Battista Castello it was modified by Juan de Herrera. The frescoes were painted by Pellegrino Tibaldi Luca Giordano and Luca Cambiaso: depicts The Battle of San Quintín and the foundation of the Royal Monastery. We can find the figure of Felipe II discussing the traces of t
Painting on wood canvas...some supports perfectly represented in one of the jewels that we have in Spain. - Platinum Cabinet in La Casa del Labrador Aranjuez. Commissioned by Charles IV in 1800 a troupe of big masters took part in this project. The first proposals were developed by the bronchist Michel-Léonard Sitel. From this moment he delegated the different parts to different artists. The Parisian Charles Percier designed and directed the construcion. We can see the elevations on the Reccueil
Kings were the Kings staying at home; now we have to find the way to be the Kings of ours. Part II #stayathome - The Arabic Cabinet. Royal Palace of Aranjuez. -Created between 1848 and 1850 in the private apartment of the Consort King as a fumoir it was designed by Rafael Contreras the famous restorer of Granadas Alhambra Palace. All the walls were delicately made in sculpted and polychrome plaster reproducing the well-known Al-Andalus tiles. The pedestal table was a gift by the French King Lou
Kings were the Kings staying at home; now we have to find the way to be the Kings of ours. #stayathome - Gasparini Room or Charles III chamber in the Royal Palace of Madrid.This magnific room is a true masterpiece from Charles III era. It was completely designed by Mattia Gasparini and there the King dressed in the typical court protocol. For that reason his Majesty received private audiences in this chamber too.Each design of Gasparini had a big European army of masters behind: for the seating
Weeks of confinement lets see some cozy and comfortable corners of @patrimnacional - A double sofa from the Fernandine era in the Pompeian room of the Bourbons Palace in the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial. Few weeks ago my friend @enric_eduard_gimenez talked about this piece in his profile @patrimoniodelacorona . Following his investigation he thought that this couch was made for La Casita del Infante a pavilion near the Monastery. The tapestries were designed by José del Castillo
Bright perspectives for difficult times - The Battles Gallery in the Palace of the Royal Monastery of Escorial. Projected by Juan Herrera he considered this big space as a private gallery for the King (this fact reminds me to a similar use in the François Ier Gallery in Fontainebleau). The fresco was made bu Niccolò Granello Fabrizio Castello Lazzaro Tavarone and Orazio Camiaso and depicts some of the wars against the Islamic and French armies. The whole gallery mesures 55 meters long 6 meters w
Josep Solé on Instagram: “✨Enfilade day! - 📌The Victory Hall. This magnific room, was used as the rest of them in the ground floor as a “walking area” opened in the…”
Enfilade day! - The Victory Hall. This magnific room was used as the rest of them in the ground floor as a walking area opened in the gardens. The colossal statues are plaster casts from another ones some of them located nowadays in the Prado Museum (sculpted between 1st an 2nd BC).
Closing my clock series with my favorite one in all the palaces of @realessitios - Located in the Great Hall of La Casa del Labrador in Aranjuez this massive clock is one of the most stunning clocks Ive ever seen. It was made by Juan Bautista Ferroni between 1798 and 1804 and its gilt bronze and marquetry plaques hides a complete mechanical organ including some timpanies. I imagine fashionable melodies at each hour...and Carlos IV a music lover enjoying them in a summer sunset.
As time goes by art reaches the value to remain with us - Today is the turn of a time allegory located in the Kings Antechamber. This masterpiece was made by one of the bests artisans of 1800 in Madrid: designed by J. D. Dugourc the machinery that includes a flute organ was made by François-Louis Godon and the delicated bronzes by Domingo de Urquiza. This clock traveled through different palaces and chambers and was placed at first time in La Casa del Labrador merging with the beautiful neoclass
Three more posts for the treasures of @realessitios the clocks - Today I highlight not the most impressive clock but one with a very elegant disposition. We are talking about a gilded and patinated bronze mantel clock representing Corinna the Greek poet from Tanagra. It has a beautiful pedestal with an organ made by Jean-Honoré Davrainville one of the most important mechanical organ makers of the last decades of 18th century and first third of 19th century. This room was used as the lunch piece
Josep Solé on Instagram: “🕰A masterpiece made by the official clockmaker of the King's chamber - 📌Today we return to one of my favorite spaces in “La Casa del…”
A masterpiece made by the official clockmaker of the King's chamber - Today we return to one of my favorite spaces in La Casa del Labrador the billiard room. In this space we find an exquisite Pendulum clock perfect for its decoration and its high precision unique at that time. The materials used were mahogany gilded bronze and engraved "eglomise" crystals and the machinery and design was created by one of the favorite watchmakers of Queen Maria Luisa de Parma and Carlos IV Manuel de Rivas. It
The jewel of the dining room in the Royal Palace of Aranjuez. - Today is the turn of a clock that stands out not for its complications: it has one of the most monumental and beautiful allegories in the Royal Palace of Aranjuez depicting the coronation of Venus by Cupid. One of my favorite elements of this composition is the theatrical arrangement of draperies and the divans details. The case and the figures are made by gilt and plated bronze and were created by the clockmakers Jean Antoine Lépin
If we talk about the Royal Heritage of the 18th and 19th centuries in Spain we must talk about clocks. Lets show some highlights! - Planetary-Clock by Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747-1823). It was made around 1800 and distributed by his official representatives in Spain the Charost Brothers. The planetary is held by Atlas and we find the clock below. Inside we find Venus Mars Earth Mercury Jupiter Saturn and Uranus but not Pluto still undiscovered. The vertical escape called Defaubre allows the pla
Josep Solé on Instagram: “💭Beyond the spaces Today I share one of those photos that often remain in the archive, located in the dining room (former billiard room) of…”
Beyond the spaces Today I share one of those photos that often remain in the archive located in the dining room (former billiard room) of the Bourbons Palace in the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial. This was the final space of my photo shooting: just for a minute I stopped taking photos to breathe an atmosphere full of history and while the security personnel closed the shutters. When I opened my eyes I found this unrepeatable light full of melancholy; my hearth froze. This photo with
Josep Solé on Instagram: “👁Still being one of my favorite rooms in all Spain - 📌The Statue Gallery of the "Casa del Labrador" in Aranjuez. -Designed by Isidro…”
Still being one of my favorite rooms in all Spain - The Statue Gallery of the "Casa del Labrador" in Aranjuez. -Designed by Isidro González Velázquez it is one of the most exquisite areas of this pavilion. The walls consoles pilasters trumeaus and friezes were made jointly between Antonio Marzal and José Ginés. Although there was a project with several sculptures by Antonio Canova pieces by José Álvarez Cubero Ramón Barba Damián Campeny Antonio Solá José Pagniuci or Pedro Hermoso are part of the
Getting closer in La Casa del Labrador. - The room of the folded tapestry. The candelabra in the center was made in the Spanish Elizabethan era and above of it we can find a exquisite view of the Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso gardens by Fernando Brambilla (1821). This oil on canvas is part of a large set of Reales Sitios views ordered by Fernando VII in this year.