FISCHER VON ERLACH, Johann Bernhard
(b. 1656, Graz, d. 1723, Wien)

View of the Gloriette

1775
Photo
Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna

Fischer von Erlach's designs had included a belvedere for Schönbrunn Hill intended as the crowning touch to the palatial Baroque ensemble, but it was not until Johann Ferdinand Hetzendorf von Hohenberg (1732-1816) remodeled the park that this project was finally realised. The Early Classicistic colonnaded Gloriette was built to Hohenberg's designs on the crest of the hill in 1775.

The picture shows the Gloriette in the garden of Schönbrunn Palace. A gloriette is a building in a garden erected on a site that is elevated with respect to the surroundings. The structural execution and shape can vary greatly, often in the form of a pavilion or tempietto, more or less open on the sides.