Last week our gaze was at times turned upward towards stained-glass ceilings. This week let us continue to gaze upward at these amazing ceilings. Molly’s favourite in this selection is indeed the Marc Chagall ceiling.; I’m going to go with the Dale Chihuly ceiling at the Bellagio. Which is your favourite?
When I first saw this ceiling I was in my early twenties. I hadn’t warmed up to the idea of contrasting styles and so I didn’t quite know what to make of Marc Chagall’s ceiling in the Paris Opera House. Now I think the contrast is stunning.
The Panthenon coffered concrete dome with its central oculus has survived for 2000 years. Its survival can be attributed to it’s continued use. Though unusual at the time it has become a symbol of classic Roman architecture and is a great form of inspiration.
In more recent times we have Dale Chihuly’s ceiling at the Bellagio Hotel. When Las Vegas was my home base and I’d find myself returning on a regular basis one of the first visits was to the Bellagio to sit in the foyer and admire the ceiling. 2100 square feet of fabulous glass flowers. Then I’d go to the conservatory and of course the fountains – perhaps subjects for another post.
This amazing castle in Italy was for sale not so long ago. 365 rooms with no electricity and no water posed a certain challenge. The dome of the White Room, and the whole room for that matter reminds me of beautiful lace.
Another room in the palace and another fantastic ceiling. This one featuring rainbow coloured fan vaulting. Of course we do have our own version of fan vaulting with the Rideau Street Chapel at the National Art Gallery.
Beyond the corinthian colums this vitruvian style building in an intricately carved ceiling.
The Chateau de Versailles is splendid beyond words. I chose to feature these two ceilings. Tried to find a good large pic of the ceiing of the Hall of Mirrors but could not. In a room similar to this one I had the pleasure of attending a harp concert oh so many years ago.
You may not be surprised to discover that the Haydar Aliyev Centre was designed by Zaha Hadid. Such a stunning sculptural interior.
The Church of Mt Athus Monastery is truly an explosion of blue, red, green, and gold with seemingly countless icons.
This cathedral, close to 1000 years old, posseses an amazing sculptural ceiling in the romanesque style.
And now to Italy this dome by Giorgio Vasari and Zuccari.
The Grand Central Station features an astronomical ceiling. Ture, an inaccurate one, but suitable to such a building nevertheless.
The Klosterneuburg Cathedral ceiling is another masterpiece that has endured many a threat during its time.
This recently designed ceiling in Korea features innovative uses of material to create a very green building.
And in this Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests the Emperor could pray for good harvests.
A traditional temple in Taiwan.
Back to Paris to the Opera but this time in the main foyer to admire this ceiling set in this Second Empire and Beaux Arts iconic building.
And now for something completely different the Salon Urbain of Place des Arts in Montreal.
This ceiling depicting The Martyrdom and Apoltheosis of St Pantalon cost the artist Gian Antonio Fumiani his life when he fell from the scaffolding to his death.
Is it just me or do you also see the beauty of persian rugs when looking at these two ceilings!
No selection of ceilings would be complete without featuring the ultimate ceiling. The Sistine Chapel. Alas I’ve never seen the real thing but I did a couple of years ago see an exhibition in Montreal which featured high quality images up close and personal arranged in a similar manner as the ceiling.
While in Rome, or rather while at the Vatican best stop at St Peters Basilica.
With it’s countless masterpieces the Vatican possesses an equally meritorious Museum.
You may indeed note a Venetian inspired style in this Cathedral.
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