Sevcik wanted to create a special atmosphere for the exhibition, to give visitors an experience that put them in the right mood for visiting the paintings. "We wanted to draw attention to the light effects and to point out the little details of Schalcken’s meticulous fine painting,” said Sevcik “In the 17th century, Schalcken’s paintings were described as jewels and gems. That was something I wanted to achieve with the lighting."
Schalcken was a genre, portrait and history painter who specialized in the portrayal of candlelight, illuminating his rich and polished scenes. Dr. Anja Sevcik explained that while Schalcken had been much admired in the past, his very elegant paintings had fallen from favor in the 19th century. With this exhibition of his work, "we were trying to re-establish him as an important figure in the history of art," Sevcik said.