Dome art is classics, this edition illustrates the great art found around the world, as long as you look up.
Andrea Mantegna is conventionally credited with the invention of perspectival ceiling painting with his fresco cycle (1465-74) in the Camera degli Sposi or Camera Picta in the Gonzaga Palace in Mantua. There, in the finto oculus of the domed ceiling, various figures and animals look down from the parapet into the room below, while, above them, clouds float through a serenely blue sky.
The ceiling is exquisite decoration with details, designs and dimensions, constantly changing. In this book, Catherine McCormack presents some of the most spectacular examples of ceiling and dome decoration, including several non-European examples.
Most religions claim that gods live above humans in the sky or even above, in the sphere of Empyrean or in the heavens of heaven. So the symbols, images of the gods, the advanced objects, the rulers of power are organized right above the heads of the viewers.
40 examples are also displayed by McCormack in immaculate color photographs, including foldable pages, gaining a wide range of examples. All of the old chestnuts—the Sistine Chapel, the Venetian Palazzo Ducale—are here, the Banqueting House. along with some lesser known or visited cases, such as the Debre Berhan Selassie Church in Ethiopia or the stained glass ceiling of the Toluca Botanical Gardens greenhouse in Mexico City, to name but a couple.
The non-figural examples are powerful by comparison in so far as the Western examples rely on recognition of the subject matter to achieve the sense of artistic power. The half-million-color ceramic tiles of the Imam Mosque in Iran or the thick muqarnas honeycomb in the Abencerrajes Hall of the Alhambra Palace in Granada rely solely on size and variety to lower visitors.