Artistic structure or structural art?

 

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The ceiling of Southwark Cathedral,  London,  August 2017

The sweeping ceiling on a candlelit evening is striking in both its simplicity and its grace.

This Cathedral has a very long history, starting out as home to a community of nuns, probably as long ago as the 7th century.  Needless to say it has undergone many destructions, collapses, rebuilds and renovations in those times.

The ceiling is no exception.  It is known that the stone roof of the church collapsed in 1469, to be replaced by a carved wooden structure.  No plain ceiling was suitable for medieval times, as can be seen from the wooden bosses below; relics from that replacement roof.  And have you any idea who the character at top right is?

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It is the Devil swallowing Judas Iscariot!


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Copyright Debbie Smyth, 31 August 2017

Posted as part of Structure

14 thoughts on “Artistic structure or structural art?

  1. I find church and cathedral ceilings just incredible – especially given the tools and knowledge they had available when they began building most of them. If only many modern structures were given as much care and attention when they were built (although perhaps not time!!)

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