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Part of The Last Judgment fresco on the inside of the dome at the Duomo, Florence.

On completion of the 45 metre (147 ft) wide dome, it was suggested that the interior of it should be covered with a mosaic decoration to make the most of the available light coming through the circular windows of the drum and through the lantern. Brunelleschi had proposed the vault to glimmer with resplendent gold, but his death in 1446 put an end to this project, and the walls of the dome were whitewashed. Grand Duke Cosimo I de' Medici decided to have the dome painted with a representation of The Last Judgment. This enormous work, 3,600 metres² (38 750 ft²) of painted surface, was started in 1568 by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari and would last till 1579. The upper portion, near the lantern, representing The 24 Elders of Apoc. 4 was finished by Vasari before his death in 1574. Federico Zuccari and a number of collaborators, such as Domenico Cresti, finished the other portions: (from top to bottom) Choirs of Angels; Christ, Mary and Saints; Virtues, Gifts of the Holy Spirit and Beatitudes; and at the bottom of the cuppola: Capital Sins and Hell. These frescoes are considered Zuccari's greatest work. But the quality of the work is uneven because of the input of different artists and the different techniques. Vasari had used true fresco, while Zuccari had painted in secco. During the restoration work ended in 1995, the entire pictorial cycle of the The Last Judgment was photographed with specially designed equipment and all the information collected in a catalogue. All the restoration information along with reconstructed images of the frescos were stored and managed in the Thesaurus Florentinus computer system.

Thanks for all the C&Cs on my 'mind games' set.

Best wishes,
Philip

Brand:Panasonic
Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:29 Jun 2012 - 11:50 AM
Focal Length:4.1mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.3
Aperture:f/3.3
Shutter Speed:1/15sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:The Last Judgment
Username:Philip_H Philip_H
Uploaded:27 Jul 2012 - 5:51 PM
Tags:Architecture, Art, Dome, Florence, Fresco, Italy, Lantern, Last judgment, The Duomo
Votes:23

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2012 - 6:04 PM

What a fantastic work of art, Philip, many congratulations to all of those who painted it, and to you for capturing it so well. Carol

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jdinne
jdinne  11 England
27 Jul 2012 - 6:08 PM

Great image Philip and superb interesting write up.

John

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2012 - 6:16 PM

Amazing!

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2012 - 6:16 PM

you have captured it so well

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paskinmj
paskinmj  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2012 - 6:18 PM

Great pod worked well.
Matt

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 434 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2012 - 7:19 PM

Just imagine the hours of work it took to do this. Well captured.
Carole

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paulmanneringphotos

Great image so fantastic work you done love it Smile

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8755 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1589 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2012 - 8:44 PM

Crikey, that's magnificent, so many wonderful panels, all blending together so beautifully.

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41035 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England134 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2012 - 8:52 PM

Excellent perspective, Philip. Amazing work of art.

Dave

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Herge88
Herge88 e2 Member 740 forum postsHerge88 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2012 - 2:04 PM

Great details on display here, would be nice to see it larger.

Best Matt

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K_T
K_T  2 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2012 - 4:43 PM

Had a look through some of your photos, but I'm camping ATM, so I'm on my iPhone. Reanalysing enjoyed them, particularly the volcano story.

Thank you for your award and the pretty icon, don't think I've had an award from you before, so thank you xxx

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Paree
Paree  9594 forum posts3 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2012 - 5:17 PM

amazing

i was guided to your portfolio, from your user award a green man

a man after my own heart
i have a few dotted around my house and garden,

love all your pictures

paree

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UrbaneMagick
29 Jul 2012 - 8:23 PM

your'e religiously themed work is wonderful Philip!!

Thankyou for the "Catch the Wind" vote.

GarethSmile

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silverfoxey
12 Jul 2013 - 7:13 PM

This freso looks amazing Philip, perhaps I will see it one day for myself? Great set from your italian trip. Also the info from your pics are very interesting. James Smile

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