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N. Beduzzi, Valtice



Name of Object:

Valtice/Feldsberg, Liechtenstein Chateau, Frontage

Location:

Governor’s Palace, Brno, Moravia, Czech Republic

Holding Museum:

Moravian Gallery, Brno

Date:

1724–1729

Type of object:

Drawing

Artists:

Antonio Nicolao Maria Beduzzi (1675, Bologna-1735, Vienna)

Museum Inventory Number:

B 14742

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Pen and Indian ink drawing with blue wash; paper adjusted on canvas

Place of production:

Vienna

Dimensions:

h: 9.97 cm; w: 14.36 cm

Provenance:

František Antonín Grimm Collection, Brno

Description:

The design presents the original state of the frontage (right) and its redecoration by Antonio Beduzzi, an imperial theatre engineer and designer. Beduzzi based his design on the existing state, supplementing the frontage area with layered planimetric ornamentation. A pivotal role was played by sculpted decoration and military emblems associated with the military career of the count.
Detailed decorative drawings are part of an important phase in the history of the Valtice/Feldsberg, Liechtenstein Chateau. The chateau, residence of one of the most prominent court families in the Habsburg monarchy, Valtice, was constructed on the border of Lower Austria and Moravia in the first half of the 17th century, with finishing touches added towards the end of the century. Its construction was associated with a number of leading architects active in Vienna (Giovanni Battista Carlone, Giovanni Giacomo Tencalla, Giovanni Tencalla, Giovanni Pietro Tencalla, Domenico Martinelli, Pietro Giulietti and others). Yet the final phase of the construction, during which the building acquired its present appearance, only came about during the period of the counts Anton Florián and Josef Jan.
Anton Josef Ospel, the architect of the first part of the final phase between 1713 and1722, produced a bold design merging the newly modified older sections with new outbuildings and administration tracts. In the following building phase, a new count put a halt to the further spread of the construction and concentrated on decoration of the interior and frontages of the main corps de logis, for which he hired Antonio Beduzzi. Beduzzi created a series of high quality drawings for the count that served as template modellos for the final building modifications.

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Current Owner:

Moravian Gallery, Brno

How Object was obtained:

The drawing comes from a large collection of designs owned by the Brno architect František Antonín Grimm. Until 1945 it was located in the Rájec nad Svitavou Chateau, from whence it was transferred to the Museum of Applied Arts, Brno. In 1961, when the Moravian Gallery was established, the drawing became part of the gallery’s collection of historical drawings and graphic art.

Selected bibliography:

Wolfgang Georg Rizzi, Antonio Beduzzi und Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt, Alte und Moderne Kunst XXIV, 1979, Heft 166–167, p. 36–45.
Jiří Kroupa, František Antonín Grimm –­ architekt 18. století, Brno–Kroměříž, 1982, cat. 14, 1.
Zdeněk Kudělka, in Ivo Krsek –­­ Zdeněk Kudělka (ed) –­­ Miloš Stehlík –­­ Josef Válka, Umění baroka na Moravě a ve Slezsku, Prague, 1996, pp. 229–231.
Jiří Kroupa, in Jiří Kroupa (ed), Dans le miroir des ombres. La Moravie a la age baroque 1760–1790, Brno–Paris–Rennes, 2002, p. 134, cat. 27.

Citation of this web page:

Zora Wörgötter, Jiří  Kroupa "Valtice/Feldsberg, Liechtenstein Chateau, Frontage" in Discover Baroque Art , Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;BAR;cz;Mus11;9;en&id=prints_and_drawings

Prepared by: Zora WörgötterZora Wörgötter

SURNAME: Wörgötter
NAME: Zora

AFFILIATION: Moravian Gallery in Brno

TITLE: Museum Curator and Local Co-ordinator

CV:
Zora Wörgötter studied Applied Painting at the Secondary School of Applied Arts, Video Art (Faculty of Fine Arts) at the University of Technology in Brno and Art History and Ethnology (Faculty of Arts) at Masaryk University, Brno. She has worked at the Moravian Gallery since 1997 and was curator of the Ancient Art Collection up until 2008. Specialising in Dutch and Central European painting of the 17th and 18th centuries, she has participated in the preparation of several exhibitions, catalogues and research projects in the Czech Republic and abroad, and published in the Moravian Gallery Bulletin, Opuscula historiae artium, and other journals. She is co-ordinator of the Art History Database www.ahice.net for the Czech Republic.
, Jiří KroupaJiří Kroupa

SURNAME: Kroupa
NAME: Jiří

AFFILIATION: Department of the History of Art (Faculty of Arts) Masaryk
University, Brno

TITLE: Professor

CV:
Professor Jiří Kroupa studied Art History, History and Sociology Masaryk University, Brno. He was a curator at the Kroměříž Museum and the Moravian Gallery in Brno before joining the staff at Masaryk University in 1988 (Head of the Department 1992–2002; Professor 1999 to present). His particular fields of interest are in the history of architecture, 18th-century cultural history and the methodology of art history. His long list of publications includes an edition on the architect Franz Anton Grimm and an essay “The alchemy of happiness: the Enlightenment in the Moravian context”. He was contributing editor for the volume Dans le miroir des ombres. Moravie a la age baroque. 1670–1790 (2002).

Copyedited by: Jiří KroupaJiří Kroupa

SURNAME: Kroupa
NAME: Jiří

AFFILIATION: Department of the History of Art (Faculty of Arts) Masaryk
University, Brno

TITLE: Professor

CV:
Professor Jiří Kroupa studied Art History, History and Sociology Masaryk University, Brno. He was a curator at the Kroměříž Museum and the Moravian Gallery in Brno before joining the staff at Masaryk University in 1988 (Head of the Department 1992–2002; Professor 1999 to present). His particular fields of interest are in the history of architecture, 18th-century cultural history and the methodology of art history. His long list of publications includes an edition on the architect Franz Anton Grimm and an essay “The alchemy of happiness: the Enlightenment in the Moravian context”. He was contributing editor for the volume Dans le miroir des ombres. Moravie a la age baroque. 1670–1790 (2002).

Translation by: Irma Charvátová
Translation copyedited by: Mandi Gomez

MWNF Working Number: CZ 10

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