Wallpaper of reception room in Schiller's House in Weimar.
[GERMANY.THUERINGEN 30450] Schiller's Wohnhaus in the Schillerstrasse was the residence of the writer in Weimar between 1802 till his death in 1805. Here we see a detail of the wallpaper in the reception room (“Empfangszimmer”).
Schiller was very interested in the esthetic properties of his rooms. In a letter he wrote to Goethe: “I’m looking forward to the beautiful walls that are going to surround me”.
For Schiller, beauty was not merely an aesthetic experience, but a moral one as well: the Good is the Beautiful. Ironically, Schiller’s beautiful wallpapers might nog have been very good for his health and may have hastened his early death, as recent research has shown that the pigments in the original wallpapers not only contained copper and lead but also arsenic.
The wallpapers that can nowadays be seen in the Schillerhaus have been reconstructed in 1985-1988 from remnants that were still present from Schiller’s time. Photo Paul Smit.