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Old June 26th, 2009, 01:48 AM   #141
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I like the ceilings with icons the most (especially the Florence Baptistry).
I definitely share your view.
I think the theological thought underpinning icons is the last word about art in some sense- not just religious art. And I'm saying that from a (culturally) catholic point of view.

Albeit faithful to papacy, many cultural areas in Italy had close ties to eastern european countries and artists. Venice, Sicily, rims of Apulia and Calabria, even Genoa and Pisa to some extents.
That's why it would be hard to write a story of "byzantine" art (a definition I abhor) without reporting the basilicas of Ravenna, or the mosaics of Torcello and Monreale. I'm proud of that.

I've recently been to an exhibition of very fine icons borrowed from the Tret'jakov Gallery, Moscow in Bergamo, and I found them stirring and inspiring.
Eastern christian liturgy is joyful and keeps a sacred stress much more than the reformed (1960s!) catholic one - again, I'm not an orthodox convert, but I highly revere eastern christian religiousness, of which iconodulism and icons are full part.

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Old June 26th, 2009, 10:32 AM   #142
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Old June 26th, 2009, 10:41 AM   #143
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Trust me, it is.
Envy of what?

Btw, I also posted ceilings from other countries, but my aquaintance is obviously limited. Stop controversy and keep posting pictures of beautiful ceilings from all over the world.
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Old June 26th, 2009, 10:53 AM   #144
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Old June 26th, 2009, 11:38 AM   #145
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Envy of what?

Btw, I also posted ceilings from other countries, but my aquaintance is obviously limited. Stop controversy and keep posting pictures of beautiful ceilings from all over the world.
Envy of *****.

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Old June 26th, 2009, 12:50 PM   #146
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San Lorenzo, Turin, by Guarino Guarini.

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Dome over the maqsurah in the great mosque of Cordoba, 10th century:





Some other arab dome in the same building:



Another one built later, when the mosque turned into a cathedral, during christian times:



Some example of these domes (know as caliphal domes) in a romanesque church in central Spain:


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Old June 26th, 2009, 01:44 PM   #147
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Old June 26th, 2009, 02:07 PM   #148
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Dome over the maqsurah in the great mosque of Cordoba, 10th century:





Some other arab dome in the same building:



Another one built later, when the mosque turned into a cathedral, during christian times:



Some example of these domes (know as caliphal domes) in a romanesque church in central Spain:

Amazing!

Guarini travelled through Spain indeed, and moorish domes were a direct source of inspiration.
As an experienced mathematician he also developed new complex domes, like the one of the Holy Shroud.

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guarino_Guarini
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Old June 26th, 2009, 08:26 PM   #149
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Old June 26th, 2009, 09:37 PM   #150
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In this thread I see pictures of ceilings from all over the world.
There are 296 pictures in this thread, and 123 of them are Italian ceilings. That's 41.5% of all the pictures posted in this thread.

When a world photo thread is created and two forumers from one country post 41.5% of the pictures in the thread only from that one country, when it's supposed to be a world thread, I think it's safe to call it flooding, especially when most of these pics are from the same time period (16th-17th century) and quite repetitive, as if Italian architecture somehow froze in time around 1700.
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Old June 26th, 2009, 10:01 PM   #151
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Which shows your deficiency in history of art. 'Nuff said.

No not really.

Post yourself interesting ceilings instead of blathering like a grouch after counting hundreds of posts one by one. Hard, pointless work.

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Old June 26th, 2009, 10:24 PM   #152
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I won't say that it ranks as one of the greatest ceilings in the world, but I always have a soft spot for the lobby ceiling of the old Palmer House Hotel in Chicago.

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The old Palmer House Hotel is nothing but nudity and pornography!
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San Sebastiano fuori le mura (Rome)
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The coffered ceiling and domed vaulting of the Chicago Cultural Center (Old Chicago Public Library).

Glass, mosaic, and cosmatesque work by Tiffany & Co.

The dome is the largest Tiffany dome in the world.

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Another famous Tiffany glass ceiling in Chicago.

The Tiffany Vaulting of the Marshall Field's Department Store Building.


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