Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Hermitage - Floors and Ceilings

The Loggia, a replica of the one Raphael created for the Vatican.
(Because if you're going to steal, steal from the best!)

Okay, this one was just a feat of fun.  We took this panoramic by my handing my phone off to Mom overhead as we stood back to back and Dad supervised our steadiness.

One feature I love is how often the decor of the room reflects its contents.
In this case, the room that displays Greek pottery has beautiful mosaic floors while the walls and ceilings are stenciled with paintings in the Greek style showing people in togas creating and selling, what else? Pottery!

One of the special exhibition rooms near Catherine's theater

I like how the diamond pattern of this floor is reflected in the ceiling's design.

There were many great doors (and knobs, as you saw in the last post).
This one features inlaid wood, but it barely holds a candle to...

The Wood Inlay Floors
(which, unbelievably, we walked all over because they're just... there.)

(feet for scale!)

Gorgeous, right?  And check out these ceilings:

It's hard to tell, but this one is a chandelier.  Above the chandelier to great effect is a mirror that reflects back and (in so doing) amplifies both the light and the ornateness of the chandelier.

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