March 24, 2014

Ecclesiastical heraldry

“trompe l'ooeil ceiling at San Sebastian Church "Homo sapiens is the species that invents symbols in which to invest passion and authority, then forgets that symbols are inventions."
~Joyce Carol Oates, American author

The trompe l'oeil ceiling over the entrance of the San Sebastian Church (see yesterday's post) includes some of the heraldic symbols of Catholic bishops: the miter (headdress) in the middle, the crosier (staff), and Patriarchal cross.

The chandelier is real.


Olivier said...

magnifique ce trompe l'oeil

Lowell said...

The trompe l'oeil ceiling is quite magnificent! Love that quote and your last statement!

William Kendall said...

The detail is spectacular!