"Procession of Dukes -- 700 Years of Royalty" Fürstenzug - Procession of Princes Tip by nicolaitan

The Procession of Dukes is a remarkable mural originally painted by Wilhelm Walther between 1871-76 and in 1907 transferred to more than 24000 Meissen tiles over a length exceeding 100 yards. The occasion was the 800th anniversary of the Wettin dynasty. It is located on the narrow Augustusstrasse which is the best route between the museum-palcace complex and the touristic commercial center of Old Dresden, attached to a back wall of the palace in an area used as a stable. The majesty of this work is somewhat denigrated by the line of tacky souvenir kiosks along the opposite wall - shut them out and concentrate on the art work - black,white, and grey drawings which are almost like pencil drawings set against a gold and grey background.

At the beginning, a band and herald(image 1) lead images of each Wettin duke, margrave, prince, and king dressed in period specific clothing and with appropriate armor and weaponry. The first of the 35 royals is Konrad The Great (1127-56) with all the others in chronologic order ( the names and dates are inscribed at the base ). The most famous is August the Strong (1694) and the last is King George (1902-4). Only Friedrich August III (1904-18) is not included. At the end are a grouping of citizens with artists, tradesmen, scientists, and teachers with a total of 94 on the mural as well as horses for the royalty and a few dogs. And at the extreme far right is an image of Walther himself.
It was pointed out to us that the horse for August the Strong is about to trample a flower, meant to recall his conversion to the Catholic faith in order to become King of Poland - the horse is stamping on the flower of Protestant reform.
Of interest, the tiles suffered little damage in the WWII carpet bombing of Dresden. Less than 200 needed replacement and the work was refurbished in the late 1970's to its current appearance.

Address: Augustusstrasse
Directions: between Neumarkt and Schloßplatz

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  • Updated Jan 6, 2008
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