Ceiling Fresco, Il Gesù

Posted by MadScientist (Düsseldorf, Germany) on 11 May 2008 in Art & Design.

Il Gesù again! Have a nice Pentecost!

The fresco The Triumph of the Name of Jesus on the vault was painted by il Baciccio in 1672-1685, stucco figures are by Antonio Raggi.

Margie from Auckland, New Zealand

Stunning dizzy-making perspective!

11 May 2008 7:20am

@Margie: A magnificent sample of Baroque illusionist painting, indeed! :)

Ina from Krugersdorp, South Africa

Beautiful detail !

11 May 2008 10:42am

@Ina: Thanks, Ina! This was the celing that impressed me the most when I was in Rome.

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Hong Kong

Very lovely and opulent ceiling, well captured!

11 May 2008 11:24am

@Michael Skorulski: The spatial experience is quite surprising, if you're standing there i looks so real!

Hoopand from Tehran, Iran

wow! its perfect with those shadows!

11 May 2008 5:00pm

@Hoopand: Yes, this effect is great! Fortunately they provided many lamps below the ceiling, so every detail was visible.

Observing from Chester, United Kingdom

Tremendous work of art, and recorded beautifully in this image.

11 May 2008 10:59pm

@Observing: Thanks, Mike! The visual effect of that fresco is indeed overwhelming. A must-see when you're in Rome.

drphoto from Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Wow! Impressive!


12 May 2008 2:56am

@drphoto: Definitely! It's even difficult to tell the stucco elements from the painting.

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Tour de force illusionistic painting! The feeling of infinite takes away my breath! ( as an about: when I see such an image....I feel uplifted; when a see a Picasso, I feel depressed, lost, confused!)

12 May 2008 8:14am

@Japanalia: I think that effect was intended, additionally it's a painted statement of the claim to power of the Society of Jesus. Anyway, it's simply overwhelming watching that fresco and you can't tell the stucco elements from the painting. It's a perfect illusion of an open sky.

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

I don't know that I feel "uplifted" like Japanalia, but I am impressed by the artisanship and craft that goes into work like this.

13 May 2008 4:15pm

@Twelvebit: One doesn't need to have religious feels about that 'uplifting' effect: this was intended by the maker. If you look at that painting you really think that these clouds are hovering somewhere between ceiling and painted sky; some of these figures are stucco, some are not, and you won't be able to tell the one from the other. They knew how to intrigue people!

Michael from Wuppertal, Germany


13 May 2008 7:48pm

@Michael: Ja. Wenn in Rom: gucken und staunen!


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