The Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College Greenwich is known as the UK’s own Sistine Chapel and it is one of the most spectacular and important baroque interiors in Europe. Its ceiling and wall decorations were conceived and executed by the British artist Sir James Thornhill between 1707 and 1726 at the pivotal moment when the United Kingdom was created and became a dominant power in Europe
The accessions to the throne of William III and Mary II in 1688 and George I in 1714 form the central narrative of a scheme which also triumphalises Britain’s maritime and trading successes. The artist drew on a cast of around 200 figures to tell a story of political change, scientific and cultural achievements, naval endeavours, and commercial enterprise against a series of magnificent backdrops. The characters he included are allegorical, mythological, historical and contemporary.
ENTRANCE FEES TO PAINTED HALL
NOTE: All groups of 10+ or more MUST be pre-booked 30 days prior to their visit date
Daily: 10.00 -17.00 hrs
Complete site closures scheduled: 24-26/12 + 31/12
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