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The Last Judgment

By Philip_H
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.

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Tags: Art Dome Architecture Italy Lantern Florence Fresco The Duomo Last judgment

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
27 Jul 2012 6:04PM
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 15 16 England
27 Jul 2012 6:08PM
Great image Philip and superb interesting write up.

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
27 Jul 2012 6:16PM
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2012 6:16PM
you have captured it so well
paskinmj 9 11 1 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2012 6:18PM
Great pod worked well.
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2012 7:19PM
Just imagine the hours of work it took to do this. Well captured.
Great image so fantastic work you done love it Smile
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2015 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2012 8:44PM
Crikey, that's magnificent, so many wonderful panels, all blending together so beautifully.
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
27 Jul 2012 8:52PM
Excellent perspective, Philip. Amazing work of art.

Herge88 11 40 4 England
28 Jul 2012 2:04PM
Great details on display here, would be nice to see it larger.

Best Matt
K_T 6 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2012 4:43PM
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
Paree 13 616 3
28 Jul 2012 5:17PM

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

UrbaneMagick 6 172 1 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2012 8:23PM
your'e religiously themed work is wonderful Philip!!

Thankyou for the "Catch the Wind" vote.

silverfoxey 9 17 2 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2013 7:13PM
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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