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Ceiling frescoes

Ceiling frescoes

Author: Erin Aldana
This lesson will explore several examples of ceiling fresco painting from the Baroque period.
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Notes on "Ceiling Frescoes"

Key Terms

Counter- Reformation

Also called the Catholic Revival or Reformation, it was a response to the Protestant Reformation, and lasted from the Council of Trent to the end of the Thirty Years’ War


The use of perspective in painting to create the impression of a three-dimensional space on a two dimensional surface; or a philosophy that promotes the material world as an illusion

Trompe l’oeil

An artistic technique that creates an optical illusion, usually of a three dimensional space on a flat surface

“As Seen from Below” 

A specific approach used in painting Italian ceiling frescoes that depicts an illusionistic scene taking place above the viewer

Image Credits

Guido Reni, Aurora, Creative Commons Wikimedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Guido_Reni_-_Aurora_-_WGA19273.jpg, Carracci, Lives of the Gods ceiling frescoes, Creative Commons Wikimedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Farnese_Gallery_-_Annibale_Carracci_-_1597_-_Farnese_Gallery,_Rome.jpg, Triumph of Bacchus and Ariadne, Creative Commons Wikimedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Triumph_of_Bacchus_and_Ariadne_-_Annibale_Carracci_-_1597_-_Farnese_Gallery,_Rome.jpg, Triumph of Providence; Public Domain: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cortona_Triumph_of_Divine_Providence_01.jpg, Triumph in the Name of Jesus; Creative Commons: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Rome-EgliseGesu-Fresque.jpg, Glorification of St. Ignatius; Creative Commons: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Andrea_Pozzo_-_Apoteose_de_Santo_Inacio.jpg