Wallenstein Garden by Vojtech Kubašta- Prague, Czech Republic
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N 50° 05.376 E 014° 24.396
33U E 457552 N 5548762
A salla terena in Wallenstein Garden
Waymark Code: WM189N5
Location: Hlavní město Praha, Czechia
Date Posted: 06/24/2023
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
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The Wallenstein garden is probably the first palace garden in Prague built in connection with the palace object. It belongs to the Wallenstein Palace No. 17, accessible from the square Valdštejnské námestí, No. 4. Strictly geometrical garden representing early Baroque spreads between the palace, the Wallenstein Riding School and Letenská Street, and it is enclosed by a wall. Its surface area is 1.7 ha. The palace complex, including the garden, was built in the years 1623 - 1630. Albrecht of Wallenstein , imperial army general of Ferdinand II, created the premises in place of 25 houses, 7 gardens, a brick-kiln and other land plots.

The construction was carried out with participation of Giovani Pieroni, Andrea Spezza and Nicolo Sebregondi. Sala terrena adjoining the Wallenstein Palace was completed in 1629. Its walls are decorated with frescoes and stuccoes by Baccio Bianco with themes from the Trojan War. The frescoes were damaged by the later re-painting in 1853 (painter named Friebel). Sala terrena was reconstructed in the years 1911 - 1912 and again in 1965. In 1859, Shiller’s drama Valdštejn was staged here; in 1938 an exhibition named Prague Baroque was held in the palace and the adjoining premises, and since then, it has been used as a place for theatre plays and concerts. Next to sala terrena, there is an artificial stalactite cave (grotta), made of lime stucco stalactites - roof ridge-tiles were used as the cores of the stalactites. There is a small lounge on the opposite side, with a fresco depicting the myth about the Argonauts and the golden fleece. To the right from the cave, there is a wired aviary designed for keeping exotic birds. In front of sala terrena, there is a flower parterre, in the centre of which there is a bronze fountain with a copy of the statue of Venus with Cupid and dolphin by Benedikt Wurzelbauer from 1599. In 1648, the statue was seized as a war booty to Sweden together with other statues, and it was returned to Bohemia in 1890. The original is deposited with the owner, the Prague Castle Picture Gallery.

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Vojtech Kubašta (1914, in Vienna – 1992, Prague) (visit link) , the author this painting, was a Czech architect and artist. Vojtech Robert Vladimír Kubašta was born in Vienna. His family moved to Prague when he was four years old and he lived there his entire life.
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Artist: Vojtěch Kubašta

Date of Your Photograph: 06/06/2023

Medium of Painting: Lithography

Date of Painting: Not listed

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