The Queen’s Chambers

June 20, 2016 / Art & Archaeology
Nichelino, Piemonte

After 13 years, and a full restoration, the queen’s chambers opens up once again at the Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi (The Stupinigi hunting lodge)…

…some lodge!

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This early Rococo’ palace was designed by Savoy royalty favorite Filippo Juvarra in the first half of the 18th century. Not far from downtown Torino and the year-round residences and palaces of the Savoy royal family, what’s incredible is that Stupinigi was used for a couple of days a few times per year at most. This certainly didn’t keep them from holding back on the decor of the palazzo, as you’ll notice immediately upon entering the main hall, referred to as the Padiglione Centrale (central pavillion) in keeping with the ‘hunting lodge” theme.

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Stupinigi has been open to the public for years, and now the extra area of the queen’s chambers can be visited as well, starting with the antechamber as well as the hallway.

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As for the bed, we’re not quite sure what happened to it, but her water closet is still there.

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As is the grottesco-styled painted woodwork throughout the room.

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Certainly the main attraction of the room however is Van Loo’s now fully restored ceiling fresco, “Diana resting among the Nymphs,” no doubt a fitting theme for royal eyes to gaze upon and fall asleep to.

(More information on the Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi available here.)

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GB

by GB Bernardini

Editor, Italian Notebook

10 Responses to “The Queen’s Chambers”

  1. Joseph Spano
    Joseph Spano

    such incredible architecture, beautiful grounds and a very inspirational ceiling for personal delights…..

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  2. In all my years of living in Piemonte I never heard of the palace nor read about it… This is of course a must see. Thank you GB for bringing it to us.

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  3. Rosemary Johnson

    What a grand palace. The grounds are absolutely magnificent!

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    • Marianna Raccuglia

      Thank you for this interesting article and beautiful photos

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  4. Karen & Doc McLean

    Thanks for the pictures, we’ll have to visit the palace next spring!!

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