11 June, Tuesday
ENGLAND, London – One of the most spectacular baroque interiors in Europe, the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Navy College, Greenwich, also marks an important historic moment. Conceptualised by British artist Sir James Thornhill, the ceiling and wall decorations of the Painted Hall were brought into being between 1707 and 1726 – at the pivotal moment when the United Kingdom was created and became a dominant power in Europe.
Featuring over 200 figures – allegorical, mythological, historical and contemporary – the frescoes tell a story of political change, scientific and cultural achievements, naval endeavours and commercial enterprise. At over 40,000 sqft, the grandeur of the Painter Hall has to be seen to be fully appreciated.