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Ceiling Fresco, S Maria Maddalena, Rome

Posted by
MadScientist (Düsseldorf, Germany) on 10 January 2008 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

Not every church in Rome is as accomodative as Il Gesú, where you simply might switch on the light and the ceiling gets well illuminated. S Maria Maddalena wants you to wait for the right moment, and on a cold day with blinding winter sun you have to accept what you get.

Ina from Krugersdorp, South Africa

Awesome! Like the way you captured it. Beautiful!

10 Jan 2008 6:52am

@Ina: Thank you! Rome is full with locations like that. :-)

Eleftheria, 9 years old, from Athens, Greece


10 Jan 2008 7:00am

@Eleftheria, 9 years old,: Thanks! The baroque churches there are just splendid.

eddy from Tehran, Iran

complicated composition, I like such painting

10 Jan 2008 10:01am

@eddy: Me too :-) It's almost too much, so I was glad I spent more than just a few days there.

dan from France

Hommâge aux génies de l'art des précédents siècles

10 Jan 2008 10:51am

@dan: Merci beaucoup! Je ne parle que très français, excusez-moi ;-)

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

A beautiful shot. And from a very interesting angle.

10 Jan 2008 12:16pm

@Michael Skorulski: Thank you! I'm always stunned how many details even smaller churches provide.

Jen from Alpharetta, United States

Wow gorgeous...and the light is really wondeful!

10 Jan 2008 5:00pm

@Jen: It was New Year's Eve in 2004. Winter is bearable much better in Italy than at home :-)

Jennie Wise from United States so jealous you get to see this often!! :D

10 Jan 2008 5:07pm

@Jennie Wise: Oh, I've been to Rome just for two times yet... You might imagine how jealous of Italians I am ;-)

Porcsin from Debrecen, Hungary

What a nice picture!

10 Jan 2008 10:22pm

@Porcsin: To be continued...

Witchpanther from Torino, Italy boyfriends' city!'s wonderful!

11 Jan 2008 12:01am

@Witchpanther: You bet! How's Torino? ;-)

Barbara from Florida, United States

Breathtaking. This is done by the masters, and you master it well by capturing it's beauty. There appears an illusion, while the arches are concave the one on the left actually looks like it protudes outward. Very nice.

11 Jan 2008 2:34am

@Barbara: Thank you! Illusionist paintings can often be found in baroque churches like this one. If you look at Mark's portrait in the center of the image you may notice that his head overlaps the arch, thus making the two-dimensional painting a sculpture. I'll show more of these effects in the next few days / weeks. Thanks again for commenting!

Witchpanther from Torino, Italy

Torino is wonderful too!

11 Jan 2008 8:52am

@Witchpanther: There's so much left to discover *sigh* ;-)
No, really: I've been to Florence and Rome for a few times. Every time when I was leaving I felt that I had to revisit Italy very soon. Life's just too short to stay at ugly locations, so one day you might crash into me when I'm making photos of churches in your city :-)

mosleh from kurdestan_baneh, Iran

wow thats very wonderful ,excellent جوانه

11 Jan 2008 10:07am

@mosleh: Thank you very much!

Bahar from Canada

Wonderful architecture, great photo!

11 Jan 2008 5:08pm

@Bahar: More like this soon!

Dang from Marietta, United States

I've always been intrigued by old structures, and commented before how we have so few ties with "roots" here. Sad, considering it's not that far back, and even hundred year old structures are torn down to build new. Beautiful detail here, you've shown it well.

12 Jan 2008 10:25am

@Dang: I've learned from juant3 that the city of Buffalo is an architectural treasure (which I didn't know before)! But you're right: I remember the controlled demolition of a 17th century castle(!) in the Sixties and of several old villages (like this one) by a coal company not far from here. This is just incredible and the only weapon against this, after protests have died down, is a camera and a few photos to snatch it from oblivion.

Michael from Wuppertal, Germany

WOW! KLasse Ausschnitt und das Licht phantastisch eingefangen!!! Wenn ich mir vorstelle, dort ein paar Fotos zu machen und anschliessend als HDR zu bearbeiten...(klick)

12 Jan 2008 5:57pm

@Michael: Das kann ich mir vorstellen! Für Rom packst Du am besten gleich mehrere Wechselfestplatten und SD-Cards ein :-)

Und danke für den Link zu! Klasse!

alexdpx from Doha, Qatar

The colors and details are simply amazing. I must have spent a good 5 minutes just looking at this picture. Really beautiful :)

12 Jan 2008 7:59pm

@alexdpx: Thank you very much!

(I'm just the photographer of these treasures. All praise to the baroque artists!)

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Gorgeous! Just breathtaking

15 May 2009 5:23pm

@Magda: One of the shots I'd like to redo with a better lens.