Sculpting Space

July 2, 2015 / Art & Archaeology
Rome, italy

You happen to be in the area with a few minutes to spare… Borromini’s San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane calls! Again. Yes, you’ve been a multitude of times, but it never ceases to amaze, no matter how often you see it.

What is it? Of course, technically it’s a church. But ask anyone what struck them and they’ll likely mention the ceiling, an architectural marvel that continues to be studied by architects worldwide to this day.

Out of curiosity it was interesting to look at the many photos of it online. Each photo portrays it differently, yet everyone is obviously enthralled by it. Perhaps the reason that it amazes so much is because in this case Borromini didn’t design a church, or a ceiling. Rather, it’s almost feels as if he has sculpted space.

batintherain CC BY-SA 2.0

Michele Pegoraro CC BY-ND 2.0

batintherain CC BY-SA 2.0

Mauro Orlando, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Tom Parnell CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

hiwhataboutyou? CC BY-NC 2.0

Lawrence OP CC BY-NC-ND 2.0


by GB Bernardini

Editor, Italian Notebook

5 Responses to “Sculpting Space”

  1. Anne Robichaud

    yes, it DOES seem like sculpted space…and your note, GB, reminded me that a return visit to a Roman treasure is (over)due

  2. Joan Schmelzle

    Thanks. Can’t wait to see it again when I’m in Rome parts of December/January!

  3. Gian Banchero

    Ah, when architecture and music become one!! Thank you GB!


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