ok, here are the new palace pictures. it was gorgeous, gorgeous! this is the palace i raved about so much that b decided to go through it too. frederick the great's naturalistic rococo style is amazing--from the shells to the dogs to the foxes to the spider webs. it's gloriously decadent!
this was my favorite room in the palace. it is called the grotto. it has thousands of shells and rocks encrusted in the walls. and the room is huge! it is mind-blowing.
i particularly liked the russian phrase painted on the wall behind these pictures. for some reason the english audio guide we listened to didn't explain why that was there.
famous rococo paintings. i have never been a fan of the rococo style. in fact, it is (of any style i have studied) my least favorite. too frothy and superficial. but these paintings made more sense in the context of this palace.
this floor was gorgeous too. it was so heavy (all marble) that they had to completely renovate the palace to have it not make the whole place collapse. of course, if frederick would have had this on the first floor that would have been just fine. but he opted to do it on the second floor!
oh the Neues Palais!