Rococo Heaven: Sanssouci, Potsdam Germany.
Frederick the Great, the infamous Prussian King is one of the most fascinating monarchs of all time.
You don’t need to read a book about him to know how he used to live a fascinating and colourful life; you simply have to see his former summer palace which he called Sanssouci (literally, “without concerns”), in Potsdam. About an hour trip by train from Berlin, Germany.
Rococo or Late Baroque is an artistic movement in the 18th century that is expressive, extravagantly ornate and theatrical in nature. Frederician Rococo was coined after the Prussian King’s great admiration for the movement and built Sanssouci which became a fine embodiment of this style.
King Frederick is not only famous for his flamboyant buildings, but equally interesting was his incredible personal life. Some historians agree that he is a homosexual. He had romantic and intimate relationships with men in his court, he wrote about men he ‘likes’ in his diary. Notably, he used to visit his wife only once a year, and pratically considered Sanssouci his artistic sanctuary, where he could live ‘carefree’.
He enjoyed and preferred the company of men. Even the famous french philosopher Voltaire disclosed the flamboyant King’s homosexual lifestyle in his book, The Private Life of the King of Prussia.
Gay or not, there is no question that King Frederick was Germany’s most talented and remarkable ruler whose life and work still inspires and influences modern society today.
Photography by T.O.M and War Julian
Styling Notes: Wool Hat by Stetson, Saint Laurent Sunglasses, Jacket by Frankie Morello (Milan), Pants from Seoul, Marni Shoes
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