The Planetary Room
a star-studded spectacle
The highlight of the state rooms is the Planetary Room, which was completed in 1685 and which received its name from the cycle of paintings by the court artist Hans Adam Weissenkircher. With its complex artistic programme, which merged astrological and hermetical ideas, number symbolism and family mythology to form a complex allegory to glorify the Eggenberg dynasty, the Planetary Room is ranked among the most impressive pieces of early Baroque interior decoration in Central Europe.
The cycle of paintings by the court artist Hans Adam Weissenkircher is an allegory of the Golden Age under the rule of the Eggenberg family. The paintings of the seven known planets at the time, to which also the moon is added, are central to the pictorial decoration.
The twelve signs of the zodiac, which are at the same time also reminiscent of the twelve months of the year, were selected as the theme for the wall decorations in the Planetary Room in addition to the celestial programme.