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Tiffany Dome

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 10 February 2010 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

The use of my new wide-angle lens allowed me to capture the entire Tiffany dome inside the Preston Bradley Hall of the Chicago Cultural Center, formerly the Chicago Public Library's Main Branch.

Inlaid in the oblong archways seen here are mosaics which identify the surnames of authors and philosophers like Voltaire, Goethe, Schiller, Cervantes, Galileo, Tasso and Dante. Subsequent to the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 held in Chicago, it was boasted that this room was "by far the most extensive piece of wall-mosaic work undertaken since the decoration of the cathedral at Monreale, Sicily, in the 13th century." Everything seen above the arches is mosaic artistry. Below the arches, the marble walls are accented with mosaic details, such as the details seen here and here.

It was nice to capture the chandelier in this shot to give it and the dome some scale. Previous captures (without a wide-angle lens) made it seem quite large and dwarfed the size of the dome. Along the bottom of the dome’s entire perimeter is a phrase by Joseph Addison (1672-1719) written in Roman lettering: “Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.”

Photo taken February 5, 2010.

SONY DSLR-A300 10 second F/29.0 ISO 100 28 mm

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Michael from Shell Village, United Kingdom

Amazing, such exquisite detail, it's wonderful.

10 Feb 2010 5:45am

Peter from Amsterdam, Netherlands

What a great shot, and the detail!

10 Feb 2010 6:32am

Robert Kruh from Slovenia

Wonderful details and colors, well done!

10 Feb 2010 7:48am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Beautiful shot.. lovely details.

wide angle lens is great for these kind of shots.. I wish I had one of those when I went to Rome..

10 Feb 2010 8:44am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Wow !!! Great details in this marvelous architecture shot ! Well done :)

10 Feb 2010 10:08am

Veronelle from Lens, France

superb capture and mosaique dome, i like it very much

10 Feb 2010 12:17pm

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

Gorgeous, the detail is just beautiful here. And because it woke me up early this morning, I have to ask, did you feel the earthquake? It was a 4.3.

10 Feb 2010 12:47pm

@Self-Indulgence: I felt it, but thought it was my furnace. I was surprised by what I heard on NBC 5 this morning and when they said what time it hit, it put me at rest that it wasn't my furnace.

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Beautifully captured; this is an incredible piece of artistic architecture. Thanks for background info.

10 Feb 2010 1:12pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

beautiful :)

10 Feb 2010 2:32pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Great architecture, and great capture of it.

10 Feb 2010 2:53pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

great compo . pretty ceiling

10 Feb 2010 5:38pm

Taina from Madrid, Spain

Incredibly beautiful!

10 Feb 2010 6:00pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Simply fabulous Steve, I'm waiting to see tomorrow's picture when you were lying flat on your back directly underneath that central lamp with the camera to your eye.
Eh, err, what you say?
You didn't?
:-)

10 Feb 2010 6:12pm

@Curly: I did lay on my back in previous visits when I didn't have a wide-angle lens. Those captures were linked to under "Previous captures" above. I have been fortunate enough lately to not find the room roped off to the general public. That was always a "downer" after driving 35 miles into Chicago.

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Very nice POV. Wonderful detail.

10 Feb 2010 6:16pm

bekkah from Pennsylvania, United States

Absolutely gorgeous details and tones! I recently picked up a 35mm standard wide-angle. We are not...clicking :\ I'm not sure if it's the lens or the user!!?

10 Feb 2010 7:34pm

marc from granby, Canada

beautiful with wonderful detail look like a nice place to take picture.....

10 Feb 2010 9:02pm

Jacqueline from Belgium

Super shot, much of details appears, it is magic and interesting this interior…

10 Feb 2010 10:04pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Every shot of this dome you take gets better! Super capture!

10 Feb 2010 10:39pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Brilliant! That wide angle lens got put to good use here. This dome is so gorgeous. Love it.

10 Feb 2010 11:45pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

The detail you brought out in this photo is extraordinary!

11 Feb 2010 1:43pm

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Still a beautiful achievement, beautiful detail is superb Steven

12 Feb 2010 9:22am

Charles Dastodd from Chicago, United States

this is one of the wonderful landmarks in chicago. very nicely captured!

13 Feb 2010 8:03pm

Céline from New York City, United States

I like it ! Very detailed and graphic !

17 Feb 2010 2:07am