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Berg Room, detail with birds (c) Schloß Schönbrunn Kultur- und Betriebsges.m.b.H, Photo: Lois Lammerhuber

This rooms are painted with trompe l’oeil landscape murals commissioned by Empress Maria Theresa and executed by Johann Wenzel Bergl.


Via a small passage room which used to contain a staircase down to the floor below and is painted with an exotic coastal landscape, the visitor enters a larger room which in Elisabeth’s time served as a wardrobe room and was furnished with tall fitted cupboards. This room is also painted with trompe l’oeil landscape murals commissioned by Empress Maria Theresa and executed by Johann Wenzel Bergl around 1766.

A native of northern Bohemia, Bergl was one of Maria Theresa’s favourite artists. She commissioned Bergl to decorate her summer apartments on the ground floor of Schönbrunn Palace together with two other suites. These murals have been preserved and are unique of their kind in Europe.


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