Visions of Heaven: The Dome in European Architecture

David Stephenson


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 trap this evanescent drama, and make Visions of Heaven probably the most spectacularly attractive books we have ever produced.

Traveling from Italy to Spain, Turkey, England, Germany, and Russia, between different international locations, 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 photos current advanced geometrical buildings, wealthy stucco undefined, and complex work as they've got by no means been noticeable earlier than. Brilliantly calibrated exposures exhibit information and colours that might another way stay hidden in those dimly lit areas.

Visions of Heaven exhibits greater than a hundred and twenty photographs, together with the Roman Pantheon, the Byzantine church buildings of Turkey, the good domes of the Renaissance, the ornamental cupolas of the Baroque and the Rococo a while, and a nineteenth-century synagogue in Hungary.

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