Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Biltmore Estate: an American castle

The Vanderbilt Biltmore Estate is said to the the largest private home in the United States and the second largest in the world, exceeded only by Antilles, in Mumbai, India, which is a 27 story skyscraper costing more than one billion dollars, belonging to an oil and gas tycoon.  The Biltmore is quite large enough.  To someone who can happily live on GANNET it is overwhelming.

Every surface is ornamented and thousands of drawings and paintings hang on the walls of its corridors and 250 rooms.  So many that it is difficult to focus on any one.  However the audio tour did point of this print of a rhinoceros by Albrecht Durer, who presumably never saw one.  Note the second horn on its back.