Ceilings, the Art Above Eyes

Patrick Delaney
Patrick Delaney
August 7, 2019

This month, Super Grey Beard explores three of the most incredible decorated ceilings from around the globe.

Don’t forget to look up, art is everywhere!


Chiesa di Sant’ Ignazio di Loyola, Rome, Italy.

The Church of Saint Ignatius of Loyola at Campus Martius is located in Rome, Italy. It is a Roman Catholic titular church, dedicated to the founder of the Society of Jesus, Ignatius of Loyola.

Andrea Pozzo, a Jesuit lay brother, painted the grandiose fresco that expands across the ceiling.

Grandiose fresco honours the work of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and the Society of Jesus. It depicts the welcoming of Saint Ignatius of Loyola into paradise by Christ and the Virgin Mary, encircled by allegorical images of all of the continents of the world.


Royal Alcázar of Seville, Spain

The Royal Alcazar of Seville is a royal palace, built for King Peter of Castile. The upper level is still the official residence of the royal family in Seville.

The palace is one of the most renowned examples of Mudejar architecture in the Iberian Peninsula. It also showcases Moorish and Renaissance architecture. The Alcazar is divided into sections dating from different of eras where architecture from each era is evident: Moorish (11th-12th century), Gothic (13th century), Mudejar (14th century), and Renaissance (15th-16th century)

Mudejar Ceiling in The Royal Alcazar of Seville
Mudejar Ceiling in The Royal Alcazar of Seville

A Moorish Ceiling in The Royal Alcazar of Seville
A Moorish Ceiling in The Royal Alcazar of Seville


Salvador Dalí Teatre-Museo in Figueres, Spain

The Dali theatre museum is located in Catalonia, Spain. Dali decided to create his museum on the ruins of the former municipal theatre which was demolished at the end of Spanish civil war.

Salvador Dali painted the ceiling in the Palace of the Wind in the museum where he depicts himself and his wife and the various aspects of their lives.


Patrick Delaney

Managing Partner


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