Posted by: Valentino Radman | January 17, 2010

Andrea Pozzo

Despite being master painter and  influental teacher, Andrea Pozzo’s name does not sound familiar to  majority of the arts audience.

He wrote a book on perspective which was meant to help artists and architects. Pozzo’s mastery of perspective is clearly demonstrated in this masterpiece – the famous ceiling of St. Ignatius church. The theme of the fresco is the missionary spirit of the Jesuit Society. Light comes from God the Father to the Son who transmits it to St. Ignatius as it breaks into four rays leading to the four continents.

This church is perfect embodiment of baroque ideal, the unity of architecture, sculpture, painting and decorative arts. One can not tell where architecture ends and painting starts.

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