Garden and Literary Landscape for the Prussian King, 18th century

Garden series "Frederick the Great, Sanssouci" Dec, 2022

2022年12月 GlogauAIR(Berlin, Germany)

Frederick the great, Sanssouci No.7 / Acrylic on wood, 26×23cm, 2022 / 無憂宮No.7

The pattern is composed of the following elements in the Sanssouci Palace:

(1) the ruins of ancient Rome
(2) the four allegorical female sculptures of music, art, architecture, and astronomy
(3) Friedrich's Rococo pattern
(4) grapes and fruits
(5) The opening poem of "De Rerum Natura" by Lucretius (Roman philosopher).

For the king, the palace and its Rococo style were a place where he could escape from politics and power and devote himself to philosophy or music. This is why the idea of the "Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove" is overlapped with the design of Sanssouci. "The Seven Sages were 3rd century Chinese scholars who engaged in philosophical discourse in a bamboo grove away from politics, where they gathered to drink, read poetry, play music and discuss philosophy.

"Frederick the Great, Sanssouci"

King Frederick II of Prussia built Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam in 1747.
The design of the palace fully reflects Frederick's literary perspectives. In this series, a pattern symbolises the idea of this king who had an Enlightenment philosophy. Furthermore, the decoration of Sanssouci Palace incorporates a lot of nature, so we feel the extension of nature outside into the room.
This perspective of "bringing the outside in" is abstracted into a pictorial context in different media and sizes, such as a wall painting and repeated stamps.

Frederick the great, Sanssouci No.7 / Acrylic on wood, 26×23cm, 2022 / 無憂宮No.7

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1)サンスーシ宮殿の 音楽/建築/芸術/天文 を象徴する女性の彫刻

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