Photographer's Note

During my visit to Madrid and Toledo I have seen a lot of beautiful ceilings. I am going to show only one here. This was probably the most impressive one due to the space and context. It is the ceiling above Grand Staircase in Royal Palace with Giaquinto's fresco in the very centre. It is one of the two places in Royal Palace Madrid where photography was permitted.

Grand Staircase built by Sabatini in 1789 when Charles IV wanted it moved to the opposite side of where Sabatini placed it in 1760, it is composed of a single piece of San Agustin marble. Two lions grace the landing, one by Felipe de Castro and another by Robert Michel. The frescoes on the ceiling is by Corrado Giaquinto and depicts Religion Protected by Spain. On the ground floor is a statue of Charles III in Roman toga, with a similar statue on the first floor depicting Charles IV. The four cartouches at the corners depict the elements of water, earth, air and fire.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7419 W: 106 N: 19478] (74577)
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