Bååtska Palace

In 2012, SARA’s co-founder, Sanna Tomac, was commissioned to create a painting for the unfinished Baroque ceiling of the Bååtska Palace in Stockholm, Sweden. Sanna completed the painting in February 2014 using only traditional materials and methods – no photographs or projects, only live models.

When the Bååtska Palace was constructed in 1662, one of the great halls, now named Oscarssalen after the Swedish King Oscar I, was designed and built to exhibit a large ceiling mural surrounded by elaborate plaster decorations and reliefs. The ceiling of the monumental hall, with its rich ornamentation, is strikingly impressive. However, the space reserved for the ceiling mural, measuring 4 x 7 meters, was never filled. For nearly 400 years remained empty, and was one of the few original, unfinished Baroque palace ceilings in the world. To receive this important commission is a tremendous honor. It is something that few contemporary painters will ever experience.

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A general explanation of Sanna Tomac’s ceiling painting in the Oscarsalen of Bååtska Palatset

Bååtska Palace of Stockholm

When Bååtska Palace of Stockholm was constructed in 1662, one of the great halls – now named Oscarssalen after the Swedish King Oscar I – was designed and built to exhibit a large ceiling mural surrounded by elaborate plaster decorations and reliefs. The space is reserved for the ceiling mural, measuring 4 x 7 meters, was never filled. For nearly 400 years it has sat empty, and remains one of the few original, unfinished Baroque palace ceilings in the world.

Oskarsalen ceiling of the Bååtska Palace of Stockholm

This exceptional commission has provided SARA students with the opportunity to observe the working progress of a monumental art piece. Advanced students have been helping to prepare the canvas and will also be working on sections of the painting.

Photo: Anne Nyblaeus

Sanna Tomac working on a study (Photo by Francesco Carovillano)

Sanna Tomac painting a figure study or the Bååtska Palatset Oskarsalen Ceiling Mural in her studio at SARA

Sanna Tomac painting a figure study  in her studio at SARA

Students preparing the canvas in front of SARA.

Students helping to prepare the canvas outside of SARA’s building

Students helping to apply an imprimatura to the canvas.

Students helping to apply an imprimatura to the canvas

Hans-Peter Szameit, SARA's other founder, helping with the painting in SARA's model room

Hans-Peter Szameit, SARA’s Director and co-founder, helping with the painting in the model room

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Sanna Tomac working in Bååtska Palatset Ossarssalen

Sanna Tomac Working

 Work in progress

A work in progress detail from the painting

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A work in progress detail from the painting

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The painting partially installed into the ceiling

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The painting fully installed into the Baroque ceiling of the Bååtska Palace in Stockholm

See Sanna Tomac’s website to see more of her work.

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