San Pietro di Castello - Venice, Italy Vendramin Chapel When sculpture is in bas-relief; that is, carved half or less than half depth, the temptation is simply to stand in front of it and look at it like a painting. However, it took real artistic skill to make these figures seem to tumble off a flat marble backdrop. Their agitated movement, combined with the dense and complex decorative scheme of the architectural details are quintessential characteristics of the Baroque.
Incredible carvings and details highlight the arches at the Church of the Gesu, Casa Professa, Palermo, Sicily, Italy.
Alvise Mocenigo II Monument - Church of San Lazzaro dei Mendicanti - Venice, Italy - From here Venetians take ther last ride. - This heroic monument is dedicated to the elected ‘Capitano Generale da Mar’ Alvise Mocenigo II (b. 1583 - d. Crete 1654) who defended Crete against the Turks in an epic battle of civilizations that lasted from 1645-1669. Mocenigo is seen in the center here, dressed as a sea captain. In 1644 the Knights of Malta attacked a Turkish convoy and took .........
'Pala d'Oro' - Dodge Ordelaffo Falier - Empress Irene -- San Marco & Piazza, Venice, Italy - A seated Christ is surrounded by four evangelists – each writing his own gospel. Immediately above Christ the throne of the last judgment. In the three panels below: Dodge Ordelaffo Falier, Mary and Empress Irene. The head of the Doge is a replacement before the Fourth Crusade when in Constaninople the figure was likely the head of Empress Irene’s husband.