Castle Jagdschloss Moritzburg
Schloss Moritzburg is a German palace situated near Dresden in the state of Saxony on the eastern border of Germany. The castle was commissioned by Duke Moritz of Saxony (1521–1553) in the mid-1540s; the structure was envisioned to serve as a hunting lodge. The castle has four round towers and sits on a man-made island. Scholss Moritzburg is surrounded by the Friedewald Forest – an area that is rich in wildlife. Soon after the castle’s construction, the woodlands and lakes that encircle the lodge became a favourite hunting site for the kings and electors of Saxony. Today, the area is still renowned for its hunting grounds and the interior of the castle boasts one of the most important collections of hunting trophies in all of Europe, including its illustrious assortment of deer antlers. The current artwork was painted by H. Silbermann in 1923. Silbermann depicted Schloss Moritzburg from a distance in order to illustrate the palace in all its splendor and highlight how the hunting lodge is in harmony with the surrounding landscape. A row of trees stands in front of the castle, calling attention to the imposing scale of the hunting lodge. A newspaper clipping pasted to the back of the canvas describes Schloss Moritzburg and its environment as a popular destination for tourists. Whether you have had the opportunity to visit the German castle or not, this painting would be a fitting addition to a lounge or study room.
At this time in Germany, members of the National Socialist German Workers Party (Nazis), led by Adolf Hitler (1889–1945), attempted a coup d’état to overthrow the Bavarian government, today known as the Munich/Beer Hall Putsch. Approximately two thousand Nazis marched on the city centre on November 9 1923, but were quickly confronted and detained by a police cordon. This event introduced Hitler to the German people, as he was found guilty of treason and sentenced to five years in Landsberg Prison. The future dictator would only serve nine months of this sentence, during which he wrote his manifesto Mein Kampf, which detailed his anti-Semitic world views and outlined his political ideology and future plans.