Two new painted ceilings for an 18th century monument on the Amsterdam canals
"In this law firm, meetings generally commence with an upward glance. . "
The ceiling plaster seemingly sheds her skin, and like a palimpsest, reveals the coastal lines of a classical maritime legend hailing from the time when the original occupants of the building made their fortune.
Meridians and compass roses serve as points of orientation.
Then recently discovered seas and lands are depicted as vast expanses of space filled with images of animals that were seen in, or reputed to inhabit the areas.
Sea turtles, rhinos and whales have for us become trusted images. Yet the existence of other fantastical animals, monsters and mythological figures as depicted on these legends, were for a very long time equally relevant.
They convey the sense of both fear and adventure particular to man treading into the unknown