Visions of Heaven: The Dome in European Architecture by Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau

By Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau

There is an airy magic to status underneath a dome, neck craned, having a look up at a imaginative and prescient of the heavens created by way of a few long-ago determine of genius. From the Pantheon to the Hagia Sophia, the facility of the dome turns out transcendent. Photographer David Stephenson's magnificently kaleidoscopic photographs of dome interiors catch this evanescent drama, and make Visions of Heaven essentially the most spectacularly appealing books we have ever produced. touring from Italy to Spain, Turkey, England, Germany, and Russia, between different nations, and photographing church buildings, palaces, mosques, and synagogues from the second one to the early 20th century, Stephenson's paintings quantities to a veritable typology of the cupola. His photographs current advanced geometrical constructions, wealthy stucco undefined, and intricate work as they've got by no means been visible sooner than. Brilliantly calibrated exposures exhibit information and colours that might another way stay hidden in those dimly lit areas. Visions of Heaven indicates greater than a hundred and twenty photographs, together with the Roman Pantheon, the Byzantine church buildings of Turkey, the nice domes of the Renaissance, the ornamental cupolas of the Baroque and the Rococo a long time, and a nineteenth-century synagogue in Hungary.

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