Saint Jean Baptiste Catholic Church Dome and Vaulted Ceiling
The ceiling at Saint Jean's is spectacular and a number of my photos emphasize the upper levels of the church. The massive ceiling is beautifully done in bright colors with ornate plasterwork throughout. This photo a panorama consisting of three stitched exposures using a Canon 10-22mm lens at 10 mm (16mm with 1.6X crop factor) mounted on a tripod near the floor at f6.3, 100 ISO, 5 seconds.
From the Saint Jean Baptiste website, number 10:
"Rising high above the floor of the nave, the dome and the vaulted ceiling presented many challenges to the restorers in the late 1990s, not the least of which was the choice of colors. Ultimately, fifteen colors were chosen: blues, browns, golds, greens, and purples, all derivative of the permanent features of the church.
The ceiling is adorned with six illusionistic panels that open to the sky as the realm of God. The ornate plasterwork along the bands of the ceiling includes various symbols of the Eucharist and heavenly abundance (wheat, grapes, peacocks, and cornucopia). Ceiling wreaths laden with fruit echo these themes. The cornice, which wraps around the church just above the pillars, is decorated with acanthus leaves and florets and with cameo portraits of the founders of the two religious orders that serve Saint Jean Baptiste ― Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys of the Congregation of Notre Dame and Saint Peter Julian Eymard of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament. Excerpts from the Latin text of Saint Thomas Aquinas’ stirring Eucharistic hymn, Lauda Sion, in elegant gold lettering, encircle the seating area and the sanctuary."