The castle that inspired Walt Disney

Every year, more than one million people visit the 19th-century castle in the Bavarian Alps, famous for its Neo-Romanesque style and Gothic details, including iconic deep blue, pointed roof towers. In addition to a selection of ornate furniture and towers from a variety of styles, the building also features a stalactite cave with its own waterfall and a two-story throne room decorated with meticulous mosaics and a gilded chandelier. However, the castle is not only famous for this.

For the Bavarian ruler, who the people only referred to as the Fairy King, his idyllic architectural work – designed for aesthetic rather than defensive abilities – inspired the castle of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty known from the Disney animated films. The mansion, which is also central to Disney parks.

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Neuschwanstein also partly inspired Disney’s theme parks and logo – the latter arguably becoming one of the company’s most recognizable visual symbols. However, the latest exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum in New York proves that the effects of European architecture and art are far from over here, writes Híradó.hu.

The Inspirational Walt Disney show features pieces from past centuries that return to Disney tales, including upholstery, furniture, clocks and porcelain – writes CNN.

The curator of the exhibition, Wolf Burchard, said for many Americans, Disney films were the first encounter with visual media inspired by European culture and history.

The exhibit features gilded candlesticks, Meissen porcelain teapots, and elaborate wall clocks that may remind visitors of the 1991 cast of Beauty and the Beast, who were introduced to the film as enchanted household items.The exhibition also features the Gospel of Lindau, a volume inlaid with 9th-century gems that inspired a storybook known from the opening scene of the 1959 film Sleeping Beauty.

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