|a moment in the dome of the Karlskirche, Vienna
In 1713, in celebration of the end of the Great Plague of Vienna, Karl VI, Holy Roman Emperor, pledged to build a church for his namesake patron saint, Charles Borromeo. The prestigious commission went to architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, and is widely considered the most outstanding baroque cathedral North of the Alps, and Fischer von Erlach's greatest achievement.
|The design of the Karlskirche makes some reference to Roman architecture. photo by via Wikipedia
|scaffolding in the dome for visitor access
|Are the angels holding up that upper scaffolding? Let's hope so.
|Charity, one of the Virtues, as seen from the scaffold.
|The quadratura architectural elements seem distorted when seen at eye level
|gilt enhancements on a cartouche in the dome
|no really, look how this is done!
|Painting like this makes me squeal, sometimes audibly.
|An angel sets fire to German bible and expels Martin Luther and the devil from the scene.
|perspective is everything
|trompe l'oeil detail in one of the oval windows
Virtual tour at the Karslkirche official website
quadratura, di sotto in sù, rehaussé
are all in the glossary!
all photos by Lynne Rutter, Vienna, December 2012
unless otherwise noted