So, Saturday I went to Potsdam with Janine’s mom to see the palaces there. Janine is on vacation for the moment, so she couldn’t come. The weather threatened rain and was pretty cold all day, so I have to say the Wörlitz trip was better, but we had a lot of fun. We got day passes to the park and went to Schloss Sanssouci, the Orangerie, and the Neues Palais.
We then listened to extensive audio guides of each room (although the Orangerie had a real person doing the tour). I like taking my tours in German – after a lifetime of visiting museums and historical sites in English, it’s really exciting to listen in the native language of the people who lived there. It was also a good preview of my art history class in the fall, as I believe it will be covering baroque and rococco art and architecture. I’m excited to see if I recognize any of the material in the class from seeing it in Germany!
The Chinese Teahouse was interesting… I always think European representations of Asia from this time are kind of freakish. This one, Ines pointed out, had people who all had very European noses. The blue and gold teahouse with rococco scrollwork makes me wonder whether the architects were bothering to check their sources or anything. I have to say it would look nice if you didn’t know what Asian art and people actually looked like.