Neptune, Mirror and Birdsong Grotto, Schloss Hellbrunn – Salzburg, Austria

” One in every of many solely extant mannerist gardens on this planet, and possibly top-of-the-line cared for by the Catholic Church, the distinctive yard [of Schloss Hellbrunn] was designed by Italian architect Santino Solari (1576–1646) for the Archbishop Markus Sittikus von Hohenems (1574–1619) and created between 1613 and 1620.1 The yard is a uncommon mannerist theatre staging the tensions between paintings and nature as nice flirtations. Particularly, nature’s water from mountain springs is harnessed by paintings’s gear to have the ability to power water video video games or jeu d’eau additionally known as giochi d’aqua or water jokes. Aristocrats and elite have been actors having fun with collectively inside the ornate grottos of Orpheus, Venus, Neptune, Actaeon, and folks of Mirrors, Birdsong, and Destroy.” *