Churches or Galleries?

Posted: March 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

Churches have always been repositories of astounding works of art, but at times they are the works of art themselves.  They can also provide great inspiration for décor, and their frescoes can be reproduced easily today with the Tattoowall.

The gilded cloisters of Gloucester Cathedral

Some churches are famous for their façades and exterior embellishments. The 18th-century Havana Cathedral is renowned for its beauty. It has been called “music cast into stone.”

Others are revered by the art they contain, the legendary Michelangelo frescos in the Sistine Chapel being the most egregious example.

But even lesser known churches can be veritable galleries of inspiring pieces of art. The Visconti Chapel in Milan, contains frescos of the coats of arms of the House of Visconti (circa 1375) and the Legend of Saint George by an anonymous painter.

And some churches have so much art inside, they become museums. The Vatican Museums boast one of the world’s greatest art collections, all housed in a series of lavishly adorned palaces, apartments, and galleries leading to the Sistine Chapel.

Source: Artnews


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