This week’s MotD theme: Ceilings
Scientist and world traveler, Galen R. Frysinger, photographed this very ornate ceiling found in the Yusupov Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. How amazing is the exquisite detail on each of the panels of this mandala-like structure.
I look at this and think how much time and effort it must have taken to complete this work of art. While different from my style of art, I can fully appreciate the artistry and skill with which this mural was painted.
I am a retired scientist (chemistry and physics) who now spends most of his time traveling to interesting places in the world. After getting my PhD from Yale I spent time doing research … I have now changed my field to Comparative Ethnography. This gives me a reason to look into all parts of the world, whether it be places that exceed a temperatures of 100 degrees or those that require umbrellas more than 60% of the time.
About the palace per Galen…
The Yusupov Palace (Moika Palace), a unique historical landmark of federal importance showcasing architectural trends from the 18th through 20th centuries, has been rightfully acclaimed as the “encyclopedia” of St. Petersburg aristocratic interior design.
Inspiration for Today
Yusupov’s ceiling encourages us to appreciate everyone’s expression of art regardless of how it relates to our own personal tastes. We can decide to like it, love it, be indifferent towards it, dislike it or hate it and yet still appreciate the artist’s efforts, skill, and/or talent.
If you would want your mandala or your idea for a mandala to be considered for the “Mandala of the Day”, read about how on the Participate page. It’s easy! Or recommend one you’ve seen via my Contact page.