By David Stephenson

There is an airy magic to status underneath a dome, neck craned, taking a look up at a imaginative and prescient of the heavens created through 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 photos of dome interiors catch this evanescent drama, and make Visions of Heaven probably the most spectacularly attractive books we now 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 pictures current advanced geometrical constructions, wealthy stucco undefined, and complicated work as they've got by no means been visible ahead of. Brilliantly calibrated exposures demonstrate information and colours that will differently stay hidden in those dimly lit areas.

Visions of Heaven indicates greater than a hundred and twenty pictures, 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 long time, and a nineteenth-century synagogue in Hungary.

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Contains bibliographical references. ISBN 1-56898-549-5 (alk. paper) 1. Architectural photography—Europe. 2. Domes—Europe—Pictorial works. three. images of interiors—Europe. four. Stephenson, David, 1955– I. Hammond, Victoria. II. Davis, Keith F. III. identify. TR659. S74 2005 779'. 4—dc22 2005009068 Contents Admiration and Awe David Stephenson and the Photographic chic 6 by means of Keith F. Davis I. Classical, Byzantine, Islamic, Romanesque, and Gothic structure 14 II. The Renaissance fifty six III. The Baroque in Southern and Western Europe eighty IV. The Baroque and Rococo in important and jap Europe 116 V. The 19th Century 154 The Dome in eu structure via Victoria Hammond Bibliography 192 a hundred and sixty Admiration and Awe David Stephenson and the Photographic chic via Keith F. Davis Admiration and Awe David Stephenson and the Photographic elegant by means of Keith F. Davis Over the final quarter-century, David Stephenson has produced a extraordinary physique of labor: one who is carefully conceived, richly assorted, significantly proficient, creative, and poetic. This paintings consists of a sequence of discrete and systematic investigations of a unmarried huge topic: the assumption of the elegant. a lot, after all, has been written at the inventive that means and philosophical culture of the elegant. constructed within the eighteenth century from the writings of (among others) Joseph Addison, Edmund Burke, Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten, and Immanuel Kant, this concept kinds a cornerstone of recent aesthetic concept. 1 The chic consists of a particular set of feelings and features: terror, obscurity, energy, vastness, and infinity. The examples of the traditional chic brought up via those writers contain such time-honored motifs because the boundless ocean, strong storms, tall mountain peaks, deep chasms with raging torrents, and the starry evening sky. There are (at least) key rules during this studying of the chic. First, the elegant is an issue now not simply of target, actual event, yet of one’s subjective involvement in, or meditation on, the event. Kant, for instance, truly states that sublimity is a manufactured from the human brain, no longer a top quality truly inherent in issues. As such, the chic represents a robust synthesis of global and self, evidence and ideas, pictures and emotions. moment, simply because this strategy consists of the transitority alteration or growth of our basic frames of reference, the sublime—for all its terror—can be a fulfilling or even priceless event. As Joseph Addison wrote in 1712: not anything is extra friendly to the fondness than to amplify itself by way of levels, in its contemplation of a number of the proportions which its numerous gadgets endure to one another, whilst it compares the physique of guy to the majority of the full earth, the earth to the circle it describes round the solar, that circle to the field of the fastened stars. 2 Or, as Burke positioned it, “Infinity tends to fill the brain with [a] kind of pleasant horror. ”3 The “delightful horror” of items monstrous and robust stands, ironically maybe, as a symbol of human freedom.

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