The Salone Hofer, inside the Des Alpes hotel, takes the name from the painter Gottfried Hofer, coming from Bolzano, who painted the walls of the great parlour inside, between 1897 and 1898. The work was commissioned to him in 1897 by Franz Joseph Österreicher, who purchased the alpine resort of Madonna di Campiglio some years before and turned it into the Des Alpes hotel.
The most famous painting by Hofer is the canvas of the Madonna with some little shepherds on Spinale mountain, and also the portraits of Francesco Giuseppe and Sissi, several flower, natural and mythological symbols in liberty style. The Salone Hofer is a cultural and historic asset of high value, officially recognized by the Province of Trento in 2004. A big fire destroyed the building’s roof and wooden parts completely on December 31, 2008 (then rebuilt as the original ones), but it didn’t burn the paintings of Gottfried Hofer, including the canvas with the Madonna, which was saved by the firemen of Madonna di Campiglio and Trentino during the fire extinguishing.
The brown bear, laying down on a stalk of the typical mountain flower called “ramponzolo”, is the symbol of Campiglio. The original drawing belongs to the paintings, realized by Gottfried Hofer, that decorate the Salone Hofer, the feast room of the Des Alpes hotel, inaugurated on August 18, 1897.