Today the first part of our tour was spent inside the Painted Hall of King William Court. The gardens of the courtyard were beautiful, and because of the recent drizzle the grass was bright green and the smell of wet grass filled the air. Our walk to the Painted Hall was wonderful because of all the contrasting buildings along the way.
The Painted Hall was really beautiful. There were latin inscriptions on the ceilings of each of the four corners, and the rolling table mirrors really helped you look closer at the paintings without giving yourself a neck cramp. You had a short set of steps to climb in order to enter the hall, which just added to the majestic feeling and immense size of the hall itself.
The main ceiling of the hall had three distinct paintings. The main oval contained all 12 zodiac signs divided by the 4 seasons on all four corners, and the Four Virtues (Prudence, Temperence, Justice, and Fortitude) sitting under the purple umbrella. King William and Queen Mary are seated directly in front of the virtues, while King Louis XIV of France is seen lying down at William’s feet, clutching a sword.
Once you walk further inside the hall, you enter to see the West Wall, which was created between 1718 and 1726. The wall shows King George I and his family, surrounded by allegorical figures representing the benefits that the king would bring to his kingdom (such as Peace and Justice).
The ceiling above the West Wall was also very interesting. Between each of the four corners, a woman depicting one of the Four Continents was painted with animals and a costume describing her culture. It sort of reminded me of the four corners of the Albertopolis.
Overall the Painted Hall was beautifully painted, and as a Classics major I definitely enjoyed the allegorical figures…although the Latin reminded me that I need to brush up on my Latin skills before heading back to Colorado College!