The parade of the Princes of Dresden

The parade of the Princes of Dresden
The parade of the Princes of Dresden
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This is a beautiful, bombastic work of art on a gigantic scale and as if out of time. Not surprisingly, it is the largest porcelain mosaic in the world, since it has incredible dimensions, with 102 meters long and more than 9 meters high, which gives a surface area of ​​nearly 1,000 square meters, which is covered with more than 24,000 porcelain tiles originating from Meissen, a German city on the banks of the Elbe river, whose flow also bathes the city of Dresden itself where you can see this unique monument halfway between ceramics and painting.

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Dresden Princes Parade Mural

The old town of Dresden, where this mural is preserved, is a monumental complex that makes it one of the European cities with a Baroque heritagemost outstanding, with buildings as outstanding as its Frauekirchen or Church of Our Lady.

However, the mural of the Parade of Princes is not a baroque work, it is quite late, which is why we say it is out of time. Its beginnings date back to the year 1589, when this wall was painted. However, between 1872 and 1876 that painting was completely modified by sgraffito carried out by the artist W. W alther, who already captured this same parade scene. However, that did not resistcorrosion over time, so it was finally decided to place these tiles between 1904 and 1907.

The mural is located on the north façade of the former Royal Palace in Dresden, a place that was the residence of Saxon roy alty. Specifically, it is in the area that used to be the old stables. And precisely in the mural the Saxon monarchs are represented parading on horseback, accompanied by characters from their court. In total there are 93 figures, on a larger than life scale and which also includes the set's artist, Wilhem W alther. That is, we see a grandiose parade in which all the royals of the House Wettin, whose presence in Dresden dates back to the 12th century and lasted until 1906, are distinguished.

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One of the royal characters represented in the Parade of Princes

The charm of the work is enormous, especially for its dimensions and monumentality, in addition to the fact that it was a true miracle that it resisted the aerial bombardments that destroyed a large part of the city in 1945, shortly before the end of the Second World War World. In fact, of the thousands of tiles that make up the work, when its restoration was undertaken it was only necessary to replace a couple of hundred.

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