Bååtska Palatset Oskarsalen Ceiling Mural
When Bååtska Palace of Stockholm was constructed in 1662 one of the great halls for celebrations - now named the Oskar hall after the Swedish King Oskar I - was designed and built to exhibit a large ceiling mural surrounded by elaborate plaster decorations and reliefs some 9 meters up from the floor. The ceiling of the monumental hall, with its rich ornamentation, is very impressive. However, the space reserved for the ceiling mural, measuring 4meters by 7meters, was never filled. For nearly 400 years it sat empty, waiting it seems, until now.
The Swedish Academy of Realist Art - Atelier Stockholm is pleased and honored to announce that one of its founders, Sanna Tomac, has been commissioned to create a painting for the ceiling and complete the decoration of the hall. To receive this important commission is a tremendous honor. In addition, it is the kind of exciting project a true painter dreams about. Every fine artist, especially when admiring a ceiling mural in one of Europe’s beautiful palaces or churches, has imagined what it would be like to create such a tremendous project. It is something that few contemporary painters will ever experience. Far fewer still, if any, will have an opportunity like this one, since there are probably not too many original, unfinished Baroque palace ceilings in the world waiting to be completed. This commission is, in fact, a dream come true and the commissioners could not have chosen a finer artist to complete this important project.
Congratulations, Sanna! We couldn’t be more proud.