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‘Sistine Chapel of the UK’ re-opens in London after works

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor March 21, 2019 12:02

‘Sistine Chapel of the UK’ re-opens in London after works

An elaborate London hall, dubbed by some as the “Sistine Chapel of the UK” because of its baroque interior and ceiling, is re-opening its doors in all its grandeur this week after a two-year conservation project.The Painted Hall of the 17th century Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, extends some 40,000 square feet and boasts the work of British artist James Thornhill, which began there in 1707 and ended in 1726. Conservation director Will Palin said those works – depicting English naval prowess, monarchs as well as mythological figures – had seen their surfaces cleaned, and in some cases, lost paint flakes re-attached during the 8.5 million pound project. Old Royal Naval College Chief Executive Angela McConville said the comparison to the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel, where queues of people form each day to see Michelangelo’s frescoes, was made “because (the Hall) is the most significant painted interior in the UK”.The Painted Hall reopens to the public

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor March 21, 2019 12:02