Freisaal [Freisaal]

The castle as a mirror of history

Publisher: Ronald Gobiet

It was the newly-restored 16th-century wall frescos in the main hall of Freisaal castle that prompted a team of academics to make a detailed study of this water castle in the south of Salzburg. Spectacular results are documented in the articles published here for the first time.

It was demonstrated that the original building, the core of the castle, was a house built in the 14th century to protect the pond. The castle itself – with its pond, garden and surrounding meadow-land, a landmark between Nonnberg and Hellbrunn Palace – had always been important to the Salzburg archbishops. From the mid-15th-century until secularisation in 1803, almost every ceremonial procession into the town started here. One such procession is portrayed in the frescos, richly framed with Renaissance ornament, the originals of which have now been established in connection with the question of the involvement of the Bocksbergers, a Salzburg family of artists.

It was through the legendary late-14th-century Monk of Salzburg that the name Freisaal went down in European music history. This prompted a further critical examination of the historical tradition, combining it with the musicians represented in the frescos to recognise the castle as an important source of music history, not only in the region of Salzburg.

This copiously illustrated book offers many exception insights into current research on this significant castle, which is regrettably not open to the public.


Details zum Buch
Pages 192
Illustrations colour illustrations
Format 24,5 x 30,5 cm
Binding Hardcover
Price € 45,00
ISBN 978-3-7025-0661-2
Language German

Categories: Architecture | History | Austria