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Grand Ducal Palace reopens to the public

Restoration work on the Grand Ducal Palace, which began in 2015, has now been completed. Renovated historic rooms, stunning Italian Renaissance frescoes, previously unknown works of art, and a gilded sculpture of King Albert II can be seen on a tour around the palace this summer. increase.

A ‘grotesque’ image in the vault of the Hercules Gallery © Photo Morgane Vie
Grand Ducal Palace reopens
Allegories featured in the Hercules Gallery © PPM/Morgane Vie
Grand Ducal Palace reopens
Killing the Nemean Lion painting © Photo Maël Voyer Gadin

Amazing finds of Monaco restorers

Occasionally chance plays us a wonderful trick… Thanks to an impressive restoration project initiated by HSH Prince Albert II in 2015, a magnificent set of Italian Renaissance frescoes has been discovered. This bonafide Thorpe his opera with its twists and turns has lasted for about two years, since the renovation of the façade adjacent to the Cour d’Honneur in 2013. A specialist in decorative heritage perched on a scaffold, Hercules reaching the height of the ceiling of his gallery. Somehow they had an intuition that beneath the 100-year-old layer of paint was a special, time-honored decoration. Scraping off the varnish with a scalpel, the painters magically brought out the bold, pure colors of the Italian Renaissance frescoes.

Grand Ducal Palace reopens
Hercules Gallery © Photo Geoffroy Moufflet

Since then, quests have been pursued in various princely rooms and salons, all of which have patiently waited for their historic decorations to finally be revealed. was The centerpiece of the European Salon is a medallion representing Europa, who was abducted by Jupiter in the guise of a bull. In the throne room there was another unusual scene discovered by the investigative artists. It is an encounter between Odysseus and the shadow of the prophet Tiresias in the kingdom of the dead on his way to Ithaca. The green vestibule is all lit up with grotesque figurines that are both whimsical and satirical decorative imagery. All in all, there are about 600 square meters of frescoes that constitute an extraordinary heritage.

Grand Ducal Palace reopens
Green vestibule frieze © Photo Maël Voyer Gadin
Grand Ducal Palace reopens
Detail of the Hercules Gallery vault © Photo Maël Voyer Gadin
Grand Ducal Palace reopens
The Abduction of Europa painting © Photo Maël Voyer Gadin

Notable Items of the Royal Family

The Princely Quarters (Grand Apartments) have been renovated and enriched with an unprecedented number of paintings from the historic Princely Collection. In the “Old Town” (the Blue Room, the History Library and the Officials’ Rooms), you will find an 18th-century portrait of a young prince by Pierre Gaubert, a view of Venice and Monaco, and a magnificent chest of drawers signed by Pietro Piffetti. there is.

Grand Ducal Palace reopens
Officer’s room © Photo Palais Princier
Grand Ducal Palace reopens
Room of Louis XIII © Photo Maël Voyer Gadin
Grand Ducal Palace reopens
Ceiling of the Louis XIII room under restoration © Palais Princier de Monaco
Grand Ducal Palace reopens
Fresco on the ceiling of the Throne Room “Odysseus of Nequia” © Photo Maël Voyer Gadin

A visit to the Royal Antechamber is especially inspiring. This is where Rainier III first welcomed actress Grace Kelly on May 6, 1955, who became Princess Grace Kelly. The picture rail features 17th- and 18th-century German school portraits and genre paintings of Jacques I.

Rooms at the Royal Palace York still preserve the memory of high drama. Prince Edward, brother of King George III of York, died here in 1767 after being taken to the palace for treatment off the coast of Monaco.

Grand Ducal Palace reopens
The Blue Room, or Matignon’s Room © Photo Gaëtan Luci
Grand Ducal Palace reopens
Princess Gallery © Photo Geoffroy Moufflet
Grand Ducal Palace reopens
European room frieze © Photo Maël Voyer Gadin
Grand Ducal Palace reopens
Elaborate restoration of the Louis XIII room

The refined study and the Valence room with ‘La Toilette de Venus’ by François Lemoyne and paintings by Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée are other precious jewels of the palace.

Last but not least, visit the Prinsley Gallery, home to a set of sculpted busts and portraits of the Grimaldi dynasty. American contemporary artist Barry X Ball’s work depicts his HSH Prince his Albert II made entirely of gold. The very pinnacle of this magical journey!

Grand Ducal Palace reopens
Restoration of the European room frieze
Grand Ducal Palace reopens
The ceiling of the throne room has a very delicate restoration technique
Grand Ducal Palace reopens
In the restoration workshop of the Hercules Gallery

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