Audience Room or Crowns Room, Apartment of the Prince of Piemonte
In this room we can see decorations made in two different moment of the life of the Castle. The vault, never frescoed, is delimited from one wraps in stucco, and dated 1717, work of Carl Papa, very appreciated by Juvarra “stiamo per persona capace e esperimentata”. The decoration presents shells and tufts, crowns over Vittorio Amedeo II initials, a collar with Savoys knots and roses. The frieze of the decoration of the Room of Audience remembers the models of Juvarra in the Book of for adorned Designs by Candelabri. These rooms are the first where the architect messinese architect works once arrived to Rivoli. The below decorations , dating the end of the 1700’s, has trophies of leaves and flowers. At the walls the remainings of the wall paper, while the wooden decoration of the overdoors of the two trumeau is preserved in fragmentary way, showing, in the first case the king initials and in the second one the hermas and vegetal decorations. At the walls there were paintings representig hunting landscapes , classic ruins, marine, country scenes made by Angela Maria Palanca and Francesco Antoniani. These paintings were cardboards for tapestries made for manufacture of tapestries of Turin been born in 1737, following the model of the Gobelins one of Paris, following the orders of Carl Emanuele III.
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Cardboards for tapestries
In 1737 thanks to King Charles Emanuel III was born in Turin the Manufacture of Tapestries of Turin, although the activity was begun under Vittorio Amedeo II, in occasion of the intense activities of renewal of Real Palace to work of Filippo Juvarra and after with Benedetto Alfieri. The first painter to work for the tapestryfactory will be Claudio Beaumont, that chooses heroic topics, from important allegorical meaninig, coming from music dramas, like History of Alexander, or the History of Ciro, to which belonged the Battle of Cunaxa, cardboard for tapestry, made by the painter Molinari, was still in Rivoli in the 1926. The practicel previewed, in fact, the presence of two painters, one that realized the sketches, while the other artist had the task to transport the sketches on cardboards, than once used, being oil on canvas, became pictures for the royal residences. One of the painters that made the cardboards in Rivoli was Francesco Antoniani, from Milan one that, once arrived to Turin, begins to work to the Royal Theatre during the season 1741-42, with some other artists, between which the figurist Bernardino Galliari. He probably made the cardboards of the marines and the Architectures . These last ones, realized between 1745-48, propose the classic subject of the ruins, with obelisks, columns, statues and urns dipped in a more and more present nature, and where there are soldiers go, womens and children. One of these has been photographed by A.Pedrini between 1933 and 1942 in the Crowns Room . From this famous image we can see as the wall paper, today only made some little parts was absolutely integral, like also the overdoor, with the initials of Vittorio Amedeo II was still there.