Giovanni Paolo Panini, Interior of St. Peter’s in Rome, 1750s
J. M. W. Turner, Modern Rome, Campo Vaccino, 1839
Richard Parkes Bonington, Venice: The Piazza San Marco, n.d.
Frederick Lee Bridell, The Coliseum at Rome by Moonlight, 1858
Canaletto, View of the Arch of Constantine with the Colosseum, 1742-45
John Piper, Russell Monuments at Strensham, c.1947
Charles Pierron, n.d., A View of Damascus
The Opéra Garnier in Paris. Ceiling mural by Marc Chagall.
It’s probably of little interest, but Chagall’s painting is not a mural. A mural is applied directly to the structural wall or ceiling. To protect the artwork underneath, Chagall’s ceiling was painted on canvas and stretched up on 12 polyester panels placed over the original one.
Eugene Lenepveu’s original is still hidden under Chagall’s artwork. I don’t know it the original was a mural.
Pieter Jansz Saenredam, 1635, Choir of Sint-Bavokerk, Haarlem
Charles Sheeler, 1946, Ballardvale
Sheeler executed various paintings and photographic series of Ballardvale mills in Massachusetts. By the mid-1900s, many of the fabric mills were no longer in use, and manufacturing had moved elsewhere outside of New England.
John Martin, 1839, The Coronation of Queen Victoria
Venice scenes (L-R): Camille Corot, Canaletto, Edouard Manet, Maurice Prendergast, Paul Signac, Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Chiesa del Gesù, Rome
These are some photographs I took whilst visiting the Chiesa del Gesù in Rome last April. The church is the Jesuit mother church, and has become a design model for many subsequent churches built for the Roman Catholic Society of Jesus. Its full name is ‘Chiesa del Santissimo Nome di Gesù all’Argentina’ and it can be found just southeast of the Pantheon and northwest of the summit of the Capitoline Hill.
The Chiesa del Gesu was completed in 1580 and features a Baroque facade designed by Giacomo della Porta. However, it is the stunning, elaborate interior that gives the church a status of an artistic treasure hidden amongst the busy and densely-packed residential streets of Rome. The ceiling is home to a piece by High Baroque painter Giovanni Battista Gaulli (also known as Baciccio), entitled The Triumph of the Name of Jesus, shown here directly, and in the angled floor mirror placed near the entrance of the church.