Fürstenzug in Dresden

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One of the largest porcelain murals in the world.

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As a photographer, I am perpetually in search of scenes that not only captivate the eye but also tell a story. My recent journey to Dresden, Germany, presented me with such an opportunity.

The magnificent Fürstenzug.

Michał Karpiński

The Fürstenzug – “Procession of Princes,” is a large mural created by the artist Wilhelm Walther between 1871 and 1876 in Dresden, Germany. It is a depiction of a procession showcasing the rulers of Saxony over 800 years. This notable work, originally painted and later transferred onto approximately 23,000 porcelain tiles, is one of the largest porcelain murals in the world.

Fürstenzug in Dresden

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Photographing the Fürstenzug was a challenge that I eagerly embraced. The mural’s sheer size (102 meters long) and intricate details demanded a thoughtful approach. I chose to capture it in segments, focusing on individual figures and details, to truly convey the artistry and historical significance of each character.

The play of light and shadow on the tiles added an ethereal quality to the photographs. Early mornings and late afternoons provided the best natural lighting, highlighting the contours and colors of the mural.

Each section of the mural tells a story, representing different eras. As I photographed the procession, I felt like I was walking through the pages of a history book. The depiction of 35 margraves, electors, dukes, and kings, alongside scientists, artisans, and soldiers, illustrated the cultural and political evolution of Saxony.

One of the most profound moments for me was capturing the final figures in the procession, which were added in 1907. Standing there, camera in hand, I was struck by the realization that I was connecting with artists and subjects from centuries past through my lens.

The Fürstenzug is more than just a mural; it’s a testament to Saxony’s rich history. For a photographer, it offers an unparalleled opportunity to capture a piece of history. Each shot I took felt like preserving a moment in time, a fragment of the past speaking to the present.

As I packed up my camera, I looked back at the mural, grateful for the experience and the photographs that I could share with the world, each one telling a story of power, art, and time.

Fürstenzug mural in Dresden

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