When you step inside Nymphenberg, your eyes are treated to what can only be described as a heavenly delight.
The main entrance room is amazing and a bit over the top, to say the least. It’s a excessive display of wealth. I would imagine it was designed to showcase beauty, but also show anyone who came there that the guy in charge has unlimited power and money, so you better comply.
But as with all things – people and empires die. But their stuff is left behind and used for other purposes. And we the commoners get to enjoy what was once off limits.
The kings and emperors of Bavaria had a thing for Greek and Roman mythology. Partly because they saw themselves as partly divine – as all emperors do. And the great thing about Greek and Roman mythology is that you can manipulate it to serve your own needs – gods that favor you and your life.
The ceiling is an incredible array of sights and gives you the feel that you can be transported right to a heavenly realm right there in this room.
And the walls continue the theme.
As I continued around the palace and the grounds, I continued to see evidence of the royal family’s theology all throughout. It’s not just nice paintings and statues, they exist to serve a purpose – to connect the empire with the divine. This wasn’t unique to Bavaria – this has been true for every empire that has ever existed. The argument being that if God or gods have ordained and blessed the emperor, then who are you to challenge that? It’s not really theology at all – it’s worship of power. It’s no different than Rome’s worship of Nike, or Victory.