The Juvarra Stables | La Venaria Reale

The Juvarra Stables

Juvarra’s Grand Stables are one of the most imposing architectural spaces of La Venaria and a masterpiece of European Baroque.

La Citroniera - Foto di Maurizio Damonte

 

They mark the end of the permanent display of the Reggia on the History and
Magnificence of the House of Savoy.
Coming in from the Gardens or the Bookshop, visitors step into the Citroniera and find themselves into a
richly decorated and exceptionally bright central nave.
This space was designed to inspire awe by virtue of its considerable proportions as well as its plastic and
chiaroscuro effects: the niches that punctuate the side walls add a great dynamic flow to the outer shell of
this building. To the south the arc-shaped openings are topped by oculi or round recesses to maximize light
and heat in the winter. To the north the same architectural structures are replicated on the partition wall
that separates this space from the adjoining Stables in a trompe-l’oeil effect.
Juvarra had originally designed a rich set of stucco decorations for pilaster strips, recesses and openings
like those that can be found in the Great Gallery: however they were only partially completed and
eventually disappeared in the 19th century.

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