The artist who painted this ceiling back in 1772 is unknown, but he/she was evidently talented, as the Greco-Roman gods residing on Mount Olympus really seem to float above the Hofkamer. To achieve this effect, he/she painted his/her work on a background of lush architecture that matches the rest of the room’s interior and especially the shape of the mantlepiece in Carrara marble. Not to mention that the recently restored painting is also the biggest painted ceiling on canvas in Western Europe.
Recently restored, the Hofkamer is an ornate 18th-century sala terrena in Antwerp, tucked away at the back of the inner courtyard of the Den Wolsack townhouse. The blue-green colour palette of the walls, accentuated with bronze-coloured mouldings, reminds us of the delicate artworks that could not be saved: the murals on canvas which François Adriaan Van den Bogaert commissioned in 1772 to decorate all rooms in the building. The new lighting elements are reminiscent of the windows, but also hark back to the candlelight of yore, the whole culminating in a truly magnificent experience that takes our breath away as soon as we cross the threshold.