Prayers in stone
The book begins with a visit to Carnac, in Brittany, where an ancient culture erected three thousand huge stones in mysterious alignments. "Perhaps nothing that follows, " Liberman writes, "has moved me more than the inexplicable majesty of these testaments to human yearning." Liberman ends with Matisse's Chapel of the Rosary in Vence, in southern France. Other sites in the book include the great temple complex at Paestum, south of Naples; the Parthenon in Athens; the Pantheon in Rome; the monastery of Hosios Loukas, near Delphi; and the cathedral of Santa Maria dell'Assunta on Torcello, in the Venetian lagoon, with its Byzantine mosaics.
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Acropolis ALEXANDER LIBERMAN altar apse arches architect architecture artist Assisi baldacchino Bernini Bramante bronze building built Carnac carved cathedral celebrated central century B.C. Chartres Christ colonnade colored columns construction created decoration depicting Detail dome Doric erected exterior extraordinary feet figures Following pages Francis frescoes genius Giacomo della Porta Giotto Giuliano Greece Greek Greek-cross Hosios Loukas interior Katholikon kings Last Judgment light loggia Lorenzo Lorenzo Maitani magnificent Maitani majesty marble Mark's Matisse Matisse's Medici Chapel menhirs Michelangelo monuments mosaics nave Notre-Dame Orvieto Paestum painted painters Pantheon Paris Parthenon pediments Pericles peristyle Peter's pope portals prayer Preceding pages Propylaia religious art Roman Rome rose window Saint Santa Maria dell'Assunta sculpture second Temple seems stained glass stained-glass windows statue stone structure surviving symbolic Temple of Athena Temple of Hera thirteenth tiles tomb Torcello travertine treasure Upper Church vaults Venice Virgin and Child walls west facade worship