Upper Belvedere

Prinz-Eugen-Straße 27
1030 Wien

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Palace Chapel

Upper Belvedere, Palace Chapel © Eva Würdinger
Carlo Innocenzo Carlone, Palace Chapel © Eva Würdinger
Upper Belvedere, Palace Chapel © Eva Würdinger

 

The construction of the two-storey chapel in the south eastern corner tower of the Upper Belvedere was completed in 1723. It presents itself in its original state till date. The red-brownish and stucco marbling, the contrasting white colour as well as numerous gildings are important features with regard to impression of the hall. Through these, a similar kind of preciousness is evoked as for one of the two marble halls in the Upper and Lower Belvedere. For this sacral area as well, Prince Eugen and the architect Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt resorted to the best available artists.

The altarpiece with the ‘‘resurrection of Jesus Christ’’ is a work of the Neapolitan painter Francesco Solimena, who was one of the most active artists of this time. Even if the painting was first ordered at the latest on 1719, Prince Eugen still had to wait for almost a decade till its completion. With regard to the altarpiece, a modello of Solimena also exists which entered the collections at Belvedere as a legate of Oskar Strakosch in 1976. Meanwhile, this small painting is displayed in the hall adjacent to the Chapel such that the design and execution can be observed side by side. 

 

The piece is a work of Santino Bussi, who was also responsible for the jewellery in the remaining halls of the Upper Belvedere, which remains largely preserved even today. In addition, the sculptures of the Holy John the Baptist and Peter are also found here, which were created by the universal artistic genius Domenico Parodi from Genoa. All this was supplemented by the ceiling fresco of the north Italian itinerant artist Carlo Innocenzo Carlone.

It depicts Godfather with the Holy Ghost in shape of a dove surrounded by numerous angels and was completed in 1723 and brought into voice through the signature. The ceiling fresco with Godfather and the Holy Ghost together with the Jesus Christ of the altarpiece form a trinity. The sculptures of John the Baptist as forerunner of Jesus Christ as well as sculptures of Peter as its representative on the earth complement the program of this sacral area.

 

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