“All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man’s life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.”
– Albert Einstein
When I visited the Vatican Museum in the summer of 2011, I must admit that I found it hard to appreciate the artworks on the walls because my head was almost permanently fixed upward facing the ceiling. I was nearly obsessed with it — it was truly remarkable because throughout the entire Museum the ceiling was plastered with paintings of the Madonna and white-robed apostles and kneeling angels and tiny sculptures of cherubs — probably Cupid’s cousins. Interestingly, sphinxes and Egyptian motifs could also be found, which raises some questions as the the Church supposedly rejects paganism — but we all know what ‘secretly’ goes on behind the scenes…
In this more serious attempt at Daily Post’s ‘From Lines to Patterns’ Weekly Photo Challenge, I present to you my findings from ceiling-stalking at the Vatican Museum so I could share with you its rich depiction of religious figures and the dazzling geometry therein. I think the next time I visit the Vatican City with my brothers I should probably educate myself first about these biblical stories.
Next time maybe.