The King's "Piano" by Luke Griffin
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This is the Aeolodion (an instrument combining piano and harmonium) of King Ludwig II and is located in the western tapestry room (aka the music room) of Linderhof Palace.

Linderhof Palace (German: Schloss Linderhof) is in Germany, near Oberammergau in southwest Bavaria near Ettal Abbey. It is the smallest of the three palaces built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and the only one which he lived to see completed.

Ludwig already knew the area around Linderhof from his youth when he had accompanied his father King Maximilian II of Bavaria on his hunting trips in the Bavarian Alps. When Ludwig II became king in 1864 he inherited the so-called Königshäuschen from his father, and in 1869 began enlarging the building. In 1874 he decided to tear down the Königshäuschen and rebuild it on its present-day location in the park. At the same time three new rooms and the staircase were added to the remaining U-shaped complex, and the previous wooden exterior was clad with stone façades. The building was designed in the style of the second rococo-period. Between 1863 and 1886 a total of 8,460,937 marks1 was spent constructing Linderhof.

The two tapestry chambers are almost identical and have no specific function. The western one is sometimes called “Music Room” because of the Aeolodion (an instrument combining piano and harmonium) in it. Only the curtains and the coverings on the furniture are real products of the Parisian Gobelin Manufactory. The scenes on the walls are painted on rough canvas in order to imitate real tapestries.

Photograph taken with Panasonic Lumix FZ-28
HDR created from 3 images (-1,0,+1), handheld, tone mapped in photomatix and final processing in PS.

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Originally hailing from Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia, Luke’s work uniquely reflects his life-long love of the outdoors and his keen interest in portraiture. Having recently returned from 4.5 years living and travelling abroad, his portfolio presents an intriguing variety of images that will delight any viewer.

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Comments

  • Kenneth Hoffman
    Kenneth Hoffmanover 4 years ago

    The tilt, the enhanced colors, the intricate carvings all contribute to an other worldly fantasy.

  • It is a whole other world alright. Cheers.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawover 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

  • Cheers Bob.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Kathy Baccari
    Kathy Baccariover 4 years ago

  • Cheers Kathy.

    – Luke Griffin

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 4 years ago

  • Cheers Andrea.

    – Luke Griffin

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