Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Up at Prince Eugene's
Belvedere on a Midsummer Morning

Upper Belvedere Palace
South façade and reflecting pool

Photographed the morning of 22 June 2015
© by Merisi
-> Some of Merisi's photographic encounters with Prince Eugene's legacy as patron of the arts
-> Prince Eugene of Savoy at Wikipedia:
"Prince Eugene of Savoy (French: François-Eugène de Savoie, Italian: Principe Eugenio di Savoia-Carignano, German: Prinz Eugen von Savoyen; 18 October 1663 – 21 April 1736), was a general and statesman of the Holy Roman Empire and the Austrian monarchy and one of the most successful military commanders in modern European history, rising to the highest offices of state at the Imperial court in Vienna. Born in Paris, Eugene grew up around the French court of King Louis XIV. (...)
Rejected by Louis XIV for service in the French army, Eugene moved to Austria and transferred his loyalty to the Habsburg Monarchy."
Prince Eugene's legacy as "Patron of the Arts" is also fascinating, the Wikipedia article a good introduction to both his life and what he left behind:
"Eugene's rewards for his victories, his share of booty, his revenues from his abbeys in Savoy, and a steady income from his Imperial offices and governorships, enabled him to contribute to the landscape of baroque architecture."


  1. In case you're wondering why the picture is a bit lopsided:
    I liked the poplar trees to the left so much, I wanted them in the picture. Not wanting to step further back into the flowers, I only got a sliver to the right of the palace with the 50mm lens. Hard choices, aren't they? ;)

  2. I so need to start traveling again, sweetpea! :) xoxo

  3. Lovely picture, and one of my favourite buildings in the city. Love the light. You must have been very early in the morning Merisi, with so few people outside the main entrance.

  4. A magnificent shot, Merisi!

  5. That's some palace, it's so elegant and it's a lovely shot Merisi..


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