Connecting The Tiles

Mosaic Ceiling Tiles

Detail of Ceiling Mosaic, Billards Room, The Breakers, Newport, Rhode Island

The Billiards Room ceiling was designed in the style of ancient Rome, with marble, alabaster, and other semi-precious stones covering the walls, floor, and ceiling. Mosaics one the ceiling included sea motifs.  Dolphins, which can be found as decorative elements in several rooms, are an ancient symbol of hospitality. The room was designed by the architect Richard Morris Hunt.

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One Word Sunday: Circle

Circles

Ceiling Decoration, Queen’s Boudoir, Palace of Queluz (Palácio de Queluz),

Ceiling decoration from the Queen’s Boudoir in the Palace of Queluz (Palácio de Queluz), an 18th-century Portuguese rococo palace, located at Queluz, now a suburb of Lisbon. Construction began in 1747 as a summer retreat for Dom Pedro of Braganza. He later married  his niece, Maria  (December 1734–March 1816). In 1777, Maria became Dona Maria I, Queen of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves; Dom Pedro became king consort. The early years of Maria’s reign were successful, but following Dom Pedro’s death in 1786, she grew increasingly unstable, suffering from religious mania and melancholia. Her mental illness made her incapable of handling state affairs after 1792. In 1794, Queen Maria and her court took up official residence at Queluz, where she could be shielded from the public. Queluz Palace remained the official residence of the Portuguese prince regent John V, Maria’s eldest son, and the royal family although he ruled from Lisbon and the palace at Mafra. In 1807 the royal family, including Maria, fled to the Portuguese colony of Brazil following the French invasion of Portugal. Maria died in Brazil in 1816; she was known as Maria the Pious (in Portugal), or Maria the Mad (in Brazil).

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Goldenrod

Ceiling detail, Gothic Palace of the Alcázar Real of Seville, Seville, Spain

Ceiling detail from the Gothic Palace of the Alcázar Real of Seville (Reales Alcázares de Sevilla), the royal palace in Seville originally built by Moorish Muslim rulers. Parts of the Gothic Palace, built by Alfonso X in 1254, were heavily damaged or destroyed by an earthquake in 1755. Baroque details were added during repairs and rebuilding. This ceiling is in the Tapestry Room which was totally rebuilt after the earthquake.

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A Photo A Week: Look Up

La Sagrada Familia

Nave ceiling, La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

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CFFC: Looking Up

Goddess Above

Ceiling painting, ancient sculpture gallery, Denon Wing, Louvre, Paris, France

Athena/Minerva, ceiling painting, ancient sculpture gallery, Louvre, Paris, France

Ceiling painting of Athena/Minerva, the goddess of justice, wisdom, war, and the arts. In one of the ancient sculpture galleries in the Louvre, Paris, France.

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Ambience

Opulent AMBIANCE

Ceiling of Palais Garnier, ceiling mural by Marc Chagall, Paris, France

Ceiling of Palais Garnier, ceiling mural by Marc Chagall, Paris, France

Opened in 1875, the Palais Garnier is one of Paris’s most opulent opera houses.  The Opera, as the building is often called, was used as the setting for Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel The Phantom of the Opera and subsequent film and musical adaptations. The famous falling chandelier in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is based on an actual event. On May  20, 1896, one of the chandelier’s counterweights burst through the ceiling into the auditorium, killing a member of the audience.  The 7-ton bronze and crystal chandelier was designed by the architect Charles Garnier. The movable Marc Chagall ceiling painting was installed in 1964.

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