Sacred Details: The Ceiling of the Clérigos Church

Look Toward the Heavens

 

 

 

The Clérigos Church in Porto, Portugal, was built for the Brotherhood of the Clérigos (Clergy) by Nicolau Nasoni, an Italian architect and painter who left an extensive body of work in the north of Portugal during the 18th century.

Construction of the church proper began in 1732 and was completed in 1750; the bell tower and the monumental divided stairway in front of the church were completed in 1763.  The Clérigos Church was one of the first baroque churches in Portugal to adopt a typical baroque elliptic floor plan, which is reflected in the ceiling and its decoration.

The coat of arms of the Brotherhood of the Clerics was created after the Fraternity of Our Lady of Mercy, St. Peter ad Vincula and St. Philip Neri joined to become what is now called the Brotherhood in 1707.The coat of arms combines the monogram of Mary (AM), the keys and the papal tiara of St. Peter, and the lily of St. Philip Néri.  See for further information.  http://www.torredosclerigos.pt/en/brotherhood-clerics/brotherhood-history

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Oh My! Look Up!

Heavens to Sophie Amalie

Ceiling Panel by Abraham Wucherts, mid-17th century,Christian IV’s Bedroom, Rosenborg Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark

Three ceiling paintings in “Christian IV’s Bedroom” in Rosenborg Palace depict the gods of earth, the heavens and the oceans. The center panel shows Hera, Queen of the Gods, and and her husband Zeus on Mount Olympus.  The nude figure of Hera is said to resemble Queen Sophie Amalie,  wife of Frederik III, King of Denmark-Norway. Frederick (ruled 1648-1670) and Sophie Amalie used the bedroom after his father, Christian IV, died in 1648. Tradition says that Sophie Amalie, a beautiful and power hungry queen, actually posed for the painting. The painting was added to the Baroque stucco ceiling, which was installed in the 1630’s under Christian IV, in the mid-17th century. Abraham Wuchters, a Dutch painter in the Danish court, painted the central panel.

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CB&WC: Fountains

Let There Be Water

Detail for one of two identical Baroque fountains in Rossio Square  (Pedro IV Square) in Lisbon, Portugal. I blinked and the water started to flow.

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A Photo A Week: A Study in Light

Sky Lights

Dome, Basilica da Estrela, Lisbon, Portugal

 

The Estrela Basilica (Basílica da Estrela) or the Convent of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, sits on one of Lisbon’s seven hills.  Queen Maria I of Portugal ordered construction of the church to fulfilled a promise after giving birth to a healthy son (José, Prince of Brazil). Unfortunately, Jose died of smallpox before construction was completed in 1790. Surfaces are covered with green, pink and yellow marble.

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CFFC: Arch, Dome or Half-Circle

Acoustic Arches

Porta da Vila, the main gate of Obidos, Portugal

The interior passage of the Porta da Vila, the main gate into the Portuguese walled city of Obidos. The chapel on the balcony is decorated with blue and white 18th century (1740-1740) glazed tiles, called azulejo. The tiles depict the Passion of Christ and the painted ceiling represents the crown of thorns.

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Thursday’s Special: Traces of the Past

It’s All In The Details

Architectural detail, Organ, 1737, Saint Michael’s Chapel, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Architectural detail, Chapel, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Details of the 18th century Baroque organ in Saint Michael’s Chapel at the University of Coimbra, in Coimbra, Portugal. Note the  Chinese  (chinoiserie)  motifs  between the floral moldings.  Painter Gabriel Ferreira da Cunha decorated the organ in 1737.  It has about 2,000 pipes and still works. The Chapel itself was designed in the 16th century as a royal chapel, before the palace became a university.

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