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Looking Up

 

Half way up now, we come out on a platform to have a marvelous view of the The Last Judgement.  Begun in 1570 by Giorgio Vasari, and finished after his death by Federico Zuccari.  High up in the fresco in the dome, around the cupola, hovers a temple with the twenty-four elders of the Apocalypse looking down; beneath this, on terraced registers, follow choirs of angels with the instruments of the Passion, 


Unseen in this photo are groups of saints, then personifications of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, of the virtues, and of the beatitudes, and finally the regions of hell with various deadly sins.


Basillica di Santa Maria del Fiore

Florence, Italy

November 10, 2011

Looking Up

 

Half way up now, we come out on a platform to have a marvelous view of the The Last Judgement.  Begun in 1570 by Giorgio Vasari, and finished after his death by Federico Zuccari.  High up in the fresco in the dome, around the cupola, hovers a temple with the twenty-four elders of the Apocalypse looking down; beneath this, on terraced registers, follow choirs of angels with the instruments of the Passion, 


Unseen in this photo are groups of saints, then personifications of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, of the virtues, and of the beatitudes, and finally the regions of hell with various deadly sins.


Basillica di Santa Maria del Fiore

Florence, Italy

November 10, 2011

comments (26)

A fascinating piece of work Elizabeth, so much detail to see.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It was quite spectacular Les. I'm only showing the top third of the fresco- but liked the detail in this "close up"!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 4 Apr 2012, 03:08
Darn! I was hoping for a disclosure of the Deadly Sins, Elizabeth, as it might have given me some fresh ideas for my Aging Disgracefully path.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Sorry Ray - trust me, not an appropriate forum to show "Hell". If the idea was to impress upon the illiterate what Hell might be like- the point cannot be mistaken!
WOW!!!...superb framing Elizabeth... if these are fresco paintings... the artist(s) have created a three dimensional look at the top of the dome... to me they look like sculptures....petersmile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Peter! I'm only showing about the top third- but I really liked the detail when close in like this! The 3-D effect is pretty extraordinary isn't it?!
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 4 Apr 2012, 06:01
It really blows the mind when you think of ALL that was included in this masterpiece! Unbelievable.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It is one of the most amazing things I've ever seen!
Awesome is a much overused word but it applies here Elizabeth
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I'm so glad you think so Bill! I do too!
Absolutely stunning, and a sight I am never likely to see. My knees would never carry me there, nor would my fear of enclosed spaces. Thank you for taking me there! (:o)
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Oh Rosalyn I'm so glad I can take you on this journey!!!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 4 Apr 2012, 07:56
I hope you could use a mirror to look at all the wonderful details of this great fresco! I can read the word 'Paulus' and ECCE HOMO -a beautiful photo!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I hadn't thought about a mirror! I bet they would allow it! Thank you Philine!!!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 4 Apr 2012, 08:05
You must be so pleased with this picture, Elizabeth - it must have been quite difficult to take
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Lisl - it actually wasn't too tough - the most difficult part was that there is a 10 foot plexiglass wall in front of you, but we were so fortunate to have been there on a day with very few other people- we could wander over to a corner where there was a 5 inch break in the glass- and the camera lens fit through perfectly!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 4 Apr 2012, 08:26
This is incredible Elizabeth: it must have taken an age to paint
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I'm not sure how long it took - but I think it was worth the time! smile
WOW!! we like the ceilings in our old hoses but this knocks them for six, something special such detail lost for words.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Pedroeric! It's quite amazing isn't it!!
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Apr 2012, 09:57
Once they had learnt the trick of perspective there was no holding artists back - shame you missed hell on the way up ;o)
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Pretty impressive I think! I didn't miss hell - I'm just not crass enough to show it!! smile
What a challenge to paint this lying on your back.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I find it a challenge to paint standing upright! smile
Well Ellie,It's worth the trip so far, amazing!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks Frank! I'm so glad you think so!!
  • Martin
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Apr 2012, 11:44
Very good shot Elizabeth, getting a central look from the side! I echo Ray's sentiments about the deadly sins grin
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Martin! Trust me - the deadly sins are not what you think! I felt embarrassed to be viewing them in a Holy place! Truly- it was so blatantly disgusting that it was hard to look at!
What fantastic artistry by Vasari and Zuccari, truly men of great talent.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I completely agree with you Brian!
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 4 Apr 2012, 12:03
Such wonderful art captured very well
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much!!
For me religion could offer nothing if one removed art and music from the equation. Full of admiration for the real creators smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I'm so glad you have such an appreciation for these works!
Fantastic perspective, Elizabeth. You've given the figures at the top an almost 3D appearance. Beautifully captured!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much Beverly! I truly appreciate your kind compliment!
whoa!! awesome.... one could get a sore neck . . smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: And one did! smile Thanks so much Rob!
A tremendous piece of art Elizabeth!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Isn't it!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 4 Apr 2012, 19:05
It is almost Easter. Ecce homo means 'Behold the man' - apparently what Pontius Pilate said when he presented Jesus to the mob. The others I can't read - just guess smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I didn't know that Louis! Thank you for telling me - it is brilliant timing then isn't it!
Actually this was an ellaborate commercial (in our contemporary terms). It even has one of the first catodic tubes invented....(sorry another unneeded comment)
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Ummmm, really?! smile
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Apr 2012, 20:44
Oh wow! this is magnificent, especially all those people on the "balcony".
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes those folks on the balcony have quite a view! smile
Oh, wow - that is stunning, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Isn't it an amazing thing!
Nice shot of a superb work, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much Graeme!
Sure glad you took this shot... I feel like I'm right there - "Looking Up"... with the added light from heaven too.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I'm so happy you like this Jacquelyn! And I'm so glad I could share it with you!

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