The Art of Looking Up 40 Spectacular Ceilings Around The Globe

August 15, 2019

The art of looking up (White Lion Publishing/Publishing October 1, 2019 / $40) surveyed 40 spectacular ceilings around the world inspired by the brushes of great artists such as Michelangelo, Mark Chagall and Cy Twombly.

The floating woman and lotus from the Sensoji Temple in Japan, first painted in 645, to the religious image of the place of worship from Vienna to Istanbul, until the bold display hanging from the Chihuly glass flora departs from the ceiling of the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas. This book will take you on a tour of extraordinary art that requires alternative perspectives.

Art history expert Catherine McCormack will guide you through the story behind the artwork – their concept, execution and visualization of their artists. In many cases, these works of art also produce bold but controlled political, religious or cultural statements that reveal the society and era in which they are created. Divide these social themes into four parts – religion, culture, power and politics – and draw from the various perspectives of brilliant color photography to explore the amazing ceilings of these and more prominent locations:

Vatican Palace, Rome, Italy
Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, UK
Louvre Museum, Paris, France
Dali Theatre Museum, Figueres, Catalonia
Revolution Museum, Havana, Cuba
Capitol Building, Washington, DC, USA
The four eight-page folding section reveals some of the world’s most spectacular ceilings in fine detail.

First of all, this is a visual feast and a fascinating art book that challenges you to look for art in unusual places and question their statements.