House of Thurn und Taxis
with PRINCESS GLORIA von THURN und TAXIS
photography by TODD EBERLE
The Brothers Grimm
Hans Christian Andersen
Of course, all of these great men are storytellers, we know that as much. But what is it that these literary figureheads have in common? What is their connective thread?
With Castles, Princesses, and Carriages their cornerstones, it all comes down to one thing - the contemporary depiction of the Fairy Tale.
For Perrault it was Cinderella and her fragile glass slipper. The Danish Andersen took to the seas with The Little Mermaid. The Brothers Grimm let it all hang out with Rapunzel. And for Eberle? His castle is St. Emmeram palace and his princess, Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis.
The marriage of Gloria, at the time the Countess von Schoenburg-Glachau, to Prince Johannes von Thurn und Taxis in 1980 and their sumptuous lifestyle is a fairy tale in and of its own right. But it is the sprawling Palace that is the subject of Eberle’s own “looking glass”. It is through his lens that the real life working castle comes to life, 12th and 14th century cloisters becoming a theatrical accompaniment to the Princess’ own art collection. Koons on Rococo, Warhols on neo-Renaissance, and Harings on painted door frames are the royal subjects of this particularly delightful tome.
The carriage you ask?
Don’t worry, Eberle has included several of those as well. Minus the mice, of course.
from Rizzoli Publishers