The magnificent 'Painted Hall' is one of the most spectacular baroque interiors in Europe. It presents a vivid and compelling picture of Britain's place in the world according to those who governed it at the start of the 18th century. It was originally intended as a grand dining room for the Naval pensioners, however it soon became a ceremonial space for special functions and paying visitors.
The grandeur of this venue lends itself perfectly to hosting weddings of style and substance. It was painted by British artist, Sir James Thornhill between 1707 & 1726. The 200 characters in the paintings include allegorical, mythological, historical and contemporary. The composition which covers 40,000 square feet, reflects the importance of the space the paintings adorn.
A variety of techniques were applied for the paintings, such as chiaroscuro (contrast of light and dark), fictional light sources and foreshortening to enliven his paintings. Illusionistic architecture was inspired by Roman high barouque paintings. Today it serves as public gallery as well as a magnificent space, which hosts luxury weddings with up to 400 guests. Old Royal Naval Collegewww.ornc.org/
Image credits: James Clarke