One of the largest Baroque palaces in Germany

Ludwigsburg Residential Palace

Marmorsaal des Residenzschlosses Ludwigsburg; Foto: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Steffen Hauswirth
Classical hall of noble elegance

The marble hall

The marble hall constitutes the culmination of the row of representative rooms in the new central building. During celebrations, it was used as a reception hall and dining hall. Its clean arrangement is in the Classical style, which was based on examples from antiquity.

Visitors in the marble hall at Ludwigsburg Residential Palace. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Niels Schubert

A view of the heavens: The arched ceiling is worth a look.

A look to the heavens

The royal court architect, Nikolaus Friedrich von Thouret, was commissioned by King Friedrich I in 1815 to update the Baroque ceremonial hall at the center of the new central building. He replaced the existing ceiling vaults with a more lightly arched version. The new fresco depicts a blue sky with clouds and opens the space upward through an illusionistic style. The majestic chandeliers are seemingly carried by a flying eagle and wild mallard ducks.

Detail of a capital in the marble hall of the new central building, Ludwigsburg Residential Palace. Image: Landesmedienzentrum Baden-Württemberg, Sven Grenzemann

In detail: Antiquity as example.

Inspired by antiquity

The marble hall is characterized by understated elegance. All that was kept of the Baroque room was its oval shape. As a whole, as well as in individual details, this room demonstrates how strongly Antique art influenced the Classical style. Flat pilasters made of light-colored stucco marble divide the room. Between the capitals, delicate stucco reliefs with garlands decorate the surface. Female figures, or caryatids, on the upper sections of the wall are reminiscent of Antique priestesses. They were designed by Johann Heinrich Dannecker, one of the most famous sculptors of the time.

Ausschnitt aus dem Wanddekor des Marmorsaals im Residenzschloss Ludwigsburg; Foto: Landesmedienzentrum Baden-Württemberg, Sven Grenzemann

Classical wall decor in the marble hall.