Signed J G Platzer. This painting, like Dancing scene with palace interior, also depicts a scene of bacchanalian inspiration. Here, half naked figures are seen interacting in a fountain in front of a palace. The erotic expression of the figures in a combination with the visual attributes like pearls clearly corresponds with earlier depictions of the myth of Venus. However, as the painting is made as a twin to Dancing scene with palace interior, it is possible that this motif, like the other, derives from the Odyssey.


  • Title: Fountain scene in front of a palace
  • Creator: Johann Georg Platzer
  • Date Created: 1730 - 1735
  • artist: Johann Georg Platzer
  • Tags: Austrian school, Rococo
  • Provenance: Carl Gustaf Tessin (1695-1770), Fredrik I of Sweden (1676-51), Queen Lovisa Ulrika (1720-82), Magnus Fredrik Brahe (1756-1826), Magnus Brahe (1790-1844), Skokloster Castle 1848
  • Physical Dimensions: w 670, h 480 mm (without frame)
  • Artist info: In Austria there were never an actual breaking point between the baroque and the rococo. For a large part of the 18th century there was more of a fusion of the two that over time transcended into the new styles and ideas of the times. The paintings of Johann Georg Platzer are in many ways a product of that blending of styles. Platzer was born in South Tyrol, but spent most of his career in Vienna, mostly painting genre and historical scenes preferably on copper, since the material allowed a different kind of detailed complexity.
  • Type: Oil on copper
  • External Link: Skokloster Castle

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