Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Church of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

This afternoon I spent an otherwise lazy Sunday in The Church of Saint Ignatius of Loyola doing more proportion and drawing exercises. I went to the church after mass but it was still very busy. The building is very impressive and a good one to draw, as it is one of the best examples of Baroque churches in the city. My favorite part of the church, which I took a lot of photos of, are the frescoes on the ceiling painted by Andrea Pozzo in 1685. The church also has a rather unusual fresco of a dome painted on the location where the dome should be. Because they could not build a dome they painted one that looks realistic from the perspective located in the central Nave, a fancy trick that works less and less as you move towards the main Altar.

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