Temple of Night at Schï¿½nau Architecture, Music, and Theater in a Late Eighteenth-Century Viennese Garden
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Between 1796 and 1800 Baron Peter von Braun, a rich businessman and manager of Vienna's court theaters, transformed his estate at Schonau into an English-style landscape park. Among several buildings with which he embellished his garden, the most remarkable and celebrated was the Temple of Night, a domed rotunda accessible only through a meandering rockwork grotto that led visitors to believe that their destination lay somewhere deep underground. A life-size statue of the goddess Night on a chariot pulled by two horses presided over the Temple, while from the dome, which depicted the night sky, came the sounds of a mechanical musical instrument that visitors likened to music of the spheres.…
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: American Philosophical Society
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall