Large Salon

The Grand Salon formed the beating heart of the house. It has hosted its fair share of parties, but there was also plenty to entertain guests on ‘regular’ days. The art collection was the highlight after a stroll around the first floor, emphasising the family’s status.

The Cromhout family commissioned artist Jacob de Wit to paint the ceiling. At the time, De Wit was still young and relatively unheard-of. The Cromhouts helped him to flourish into one of the most renowned artists of his time. He painted this work in the Grand Salon in 1718, it was one of his first ceiling pieces. The painting depicts twelve Olympic gods, surrounded by personifications of the seasons, the points of the compass and the zodiac.