Pielach, Pielach palace

Throughout his term of office (1763-1785), Melk Abbot Urban II frequently commissioned work from Johann Wenzel Bergl – larger assignments as well as smaller ones. The artist’s design of the Lusthaus, a pavilion in the Abbey garden, greatly impressed the Melk Benedictines. The Abbot also commissioned him to create illusionistic landscape scenes at the order’s summer palace in Pielach (1766/67) where Bergl combined the abundant local and exotic fauna and flora with scenes from the Old Testament. The palace is privately owned and is only accessible in the course of events.