The Hall of the Muses

 

The central stateroom, the Hall of the Muses, was used as a dining room and as a glamorous venue for soirées and balls. The grand hall was transformed into a sea of light by five crystal chandeliers and 258 candles set in a rosette frieze that ran around the hall.

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Hall of the Muses

The opulence is enhanced by precious stucco marble wall panels and pilasters, and gilded doors and decorative elements. The hall derives its name from the life-sized sculptures of Apollo and the nine Muses. The Canova-inspired sandstone figures with a mock marble finish were the work of a leading Viennese sculptor, Joseph Klieber (1773-1850)