Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Cupola

The parish church of S.M.Maggiore - Saint Mary the Great - also known as the "church of the Jesuits", is one of the largest holy buildings and one of the most important monuments of the baroque period in Trieste.

The octagonal hemispheric cupola, which was
erected at the crossing of the central nave with the transept by Giovanni Righetti in the years 1816-1817, ends in a lantern figure with rosette decorations in octagonal corners. On the four aigrettes of the arches are the four Evangelists painted in tempera on plaster, the work of Giuseppe Bernardino Bison (1762-1844) from Palmanova.

13 comments:

valeria said...

It's just beautiful, I love that turquoise, is that painting or is it light?

Ben said...

Very eye-catching image. I can not resist to come here when I look at the portal.

The Good Life in Virginia said...

gorgeous shot...

Eki Akhwan said...

What a grand structure and architecture. I love it!

Bolina Stretta said...

Foto fantastica.
Non dimenticatevi che in questa stessa chiesa si svolge ogni anno, sotto le feste, un "Concerto di Natale" gratuito e di altissima qualita'.

Fantastic Photo. Dont' forget the *free* Christmas season concert held in this church, every year. Do not miss it ! :-)

Hilda said...

The detail is exquisite! I'm not quite sure about the blue light though.

Now I want to know why it's called the church of the Jesuits. My university if Jesuit too — I just posted something about it. ;)

Jilly said...

How exquisite and must have been tricky to photograph.

JM said...

Great composition of an amazing ceiling! Love it!

Federico said...

Wow! That blue light is like a heaven on earth.

David -- www.CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Outstanding color and detail. The blue glow is spiritual. Congratulations to the architect, and the photographer.

Tash said...

I must come back to Trieste and use your photos as a guide. Splendid!

Judy said...

Makes me think of peacocks, the colour and the "eyes"!! And all the circles! Truly lovely capture of a beautiful work of art!
Thanks for sharing!

Marc said...

I have taken some pictures of cupola's in a few Italian duomo's myself. This one's colour makes it very special. Especially as the colour is accentuated by the predominantly greyish tones around it. A pleasure to look at.