Florentine Abstracts

Always Look Up

Skylight over Michelangelo’s David, Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze, Florence, Italy. Designed by architect Emilio de Fabris and completed in 1882.as part of move of statue into the Galleria.in 1873. 

Side chapel ceiling, Baroncelli Chapel, by Taddeo Gaddi between 1328 and 1338, Basilica di Santa Croce, Florence, Italy.

Crossing Dome, The Duomo, Florence, Italy.  The painting in the enormous dome, The Last Judgment,  covers 3,600 metres (38 750 ft) of painted surface. It was started in 1568 by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari and completed in 1579.

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Silent Sunday

Transept dome and lantern, Basilica of San Lorenzo, Florence, Italy

Transept dome and lantern, Basilica of San Lorenzo, Florence, Italy.  The lantern is an 18th century addition to the 15th century church.

Lines Squared #27

Square Lines

Coffered ceiling, Basilica di San Lorenzo, Florence, Italy. Basilica designed by Brunelleschi, construction began in 1419.

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Eleonora’s Chapel

Ceiling of Eleonora of Toledo’s chapel in the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. It was decorated by Bronzino from 1540 to 1565. Eleonora was the wife of Cosimo I de Medici.

Trompe-l’œil Triangles

Breaking Through The Ceiling

Ceiling decoration, Upper Loggia, The Breakers,1893-1895, Newport, Rhode Island

The Vanderbilt’s summer “cottage,” The Breakers, was built between 1893-1895. No expense was spared on its decorative elements. The painted ceiling  of the Upper Loggia depicts three decorative canopies against a blue sky, bringing the outside into the room that served an an informal living room. The loggia faces the Atlantic Ocean and its windows can be opened to create a breezeway during warm weather.

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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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