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Old July 16th, 2009, 06:20 PM   #221
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Well, to give the Italians some credit, the inlay-work at the Taj and elsewhere was inspired by Italian pietra dura work in precious and semi-precious stones.
yep, but not to that level of intricacy and expense
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Old July 16th, 2009, 11:57 PM   #222
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yep, but not to that level of intricacy and expense
Actually, the intricacy of some of the inlaid floors (not ceilings) can be even more elaborate...

And if I am not mistaken, the ones who did/supervised the inlay-work at the Taj were Italian craftsmen.

The Mughal Court was quite cosmopolitan then. As was the court in Peking.

In any case, Italian pietra dura is as intricate as can be.

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Old July 17th, 2009, 06:04 PM   #223
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Because italy was the birth place of the " European Renaissance" and that was mainly because of the vast culture exchange with the Arabs and also because Sicily and Spain were at that time ruled by Arabs, a lot of culture ,knowledge ,architecture , cuisine etc was being exchanged and learnt from the islamic empire / empires at that time ( called the golden islamic era ).

Monreale Cathedral in Sicily is one example
The influence of Islamic civilization(s) on Europe is significant, but culture cannot be created just by learning alone. So I think Italy being the heart of the Catholic faith played the most important role.
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Old July 17th, 2009, 11:52 PM   #224
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I think intricacy would have to go to the Mosques of Moorish and Medieval ME and Europe.

This is Isfahan, Iran:


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Old July 18th, 2009, 12:01 AM   #225
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Shah-e-Cheragh Mausoleum in Shiraz, Iran:


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Old July 18th, 2009, 12:02 AM   #226
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and of course the Alhambra, Granada, considered the greatest testament to Islamic architecture


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Old July 18th, 2009, 06:59 PM   #227
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Amazing.
Iranian tiles (not marble or stones) can give neat effects with simple algorithms. They were inlaid as early as in the XVII-XVIII century though.

Btw western europe owes a lot to the classic heritage which never got totally lost even in the darkest period, as monasteries preserved some ancient works and exchanged culture with the eastern half of europe all through the middle ages, whereas the arab influx has been largely overrated.
Modern scholars like Sylvain Gouguenheim clearly show that.

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Old July 18th, 2009, 11:37 PM   #228
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Patience is needed to complete this work-of-arts and time obviously….i could spend days staring at one ceiling, for christ sake….gorgeous places..
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Old July 19th, 2009, 02:59 PM   #229
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Old July 22nd, 2009, 10:55 PM   #230
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Ballroom in the Casino Nobile, Villa Torlonia (Roma)

Designed by Giuseppe Valadier (1802-1806).

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Old July 24th, 2009, 10:40 PM   #231
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Paris, France - la Sainte-Chapelle (Chapelle Basse) (1243-1248)


Córdoba, Spain - La Mezquita (7th-18th century, this particular ceiling probably around 1540)


Barcelona, Spain - Casa Battló (Antoni Gaudí i Cornet, 1905-1907)


Haarlem, the Netherlands - St. Bavo Church (wooden ceiling: Jacob Symonsz, 1535-1538)


Firenze, Italy - Palazzo Vecchio, Salone dei Cinquecento (Giorgio Vasari, around 1560)


Groningen, the Netherlands - Hall of Main Station (Hoofdstation) (Isaac Gosschalk, finished 1896)
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Santa Coloma de Cervelló, Spain - Cripta Colònia Güell (Antoni Gaudí i Cornet, 1890, remained unfinished)


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Old July 26th, 2009, 06:55 PM   #232
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TY all for posting ceilings
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Gyeongbokgung Palace - 1394 onward - South Korea.

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National Gallery of Victoria stained glass ceiling

I admit it's not really in the league of the above posts...however I really really love this Leonard French ceiling.

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Old August 21st, 2009, 11:17 PM   #235
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Old September 14th, 2009, 01:45 PM   #237
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Basílica de la Virgen de los Desamparados (Valencia, Spain), 1702.

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Catedral de Teruel (Spain). XIV century mudejar wood ceiling, covered with medieval paintings.













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