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Paintings on the fireplace in the camera domini
In the middle of the 14th century, Aymon of Savoy decided to redesign the camera domini. On this occasion, the bedroom of the Counts and later Dukes of Savoy was redecorated with figurative paintings. In 1587, the Bernese artist Andreas Stoss painted new images on the medieval decor. Restored several times in the 20th century, the decoration of the mantelpiece illustrates the history of these transformations.

The camera domini of Chillon Castle™ is located on the first floor of a tower whose origins date back to the 12th century. Between 1336 and 1338, Aymon of Savoy decided to move the fireplace to the northeast corner of the room in order to build a staircase between his bedroom and the chapel. Jean de Grandson decorated the whole room with paintings from 1341 to 1344. Divided into three parts, they figure an idyllic garden populated by animals against a blue background. The series of images is crowned by a depiction of Saint George slaying the dragon on the fireplace mantel. The image of the patron saint of knighthood certainly refers to the moral and physical qualities of the count himself. This association is reinforced by the presence of the Savoy crosses on the oak frame supporting the cornice. The choice of the fireplace as a privileged location to display images of power did not escape the attention of the Bernese conquerors. At the end of the 16th century, the bailiff-governor Hans Wilhelm von Mülinen asked Andreas Stoss to paint a Bernese bear and the date “1587” in the same place.

Jean de Grandson (and Andreas Stoss)
Paintings on the fireplace in the camera domini
1341-1344 (1587 for the Bernese coat of arms)
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