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3384 – Wrapping it Up

OK, I admit, the last few posts were a little bit rushed, but we really have to wrap this up. Otherwise we’d spend the rest of 2016 with my short trip to Lisbon.

On the other hand I’m really happy that I have taken that many images there, because I’ve almost stopped photographing lately. At the moment I’m just that busy.

To show you how dramatic the situation is, let me just say that I’ve processed 243 images from Lisbon, and then 88 from the rest of the year since mid-September 馃檪

3381 鈥 Among the Stars II

The website of the Mosteiro dos Jer贸nimos has what Wikipedia lacks, namely a few details about the sculptor of this masterpiece, a Flemish artist named Philippe de Vries, aka Filipe Brias.

In any case, now I have changed to the 40-150/2.8, the lens that I’ll use in the next posts for a few more images of the upper story of the cloister.

3380 – Among the Stars I

This was the first image that I’ve processed after returning from Lisbon. If I had taken no other image, it would still have been a successful trip.

Actually I have a whole series of these images. They were hard to take, because I had to crouch and bend back in order to get the frame. That’s very awkward and not exactly a steady stance for shooting handheld at a quarter of a second 馃檪

Here’s a variant taken at 12 mm, but really, the wide angle makes all the difference for me.

3379 – Back in the Church

You may remember, the cloister has two stories, and the last two images of the previous post were already taken from the stairs up to the upper floor.

When you go up the stairs, you can turn right into the cloister, or left back into the church. That’s where we are now, back in the church, on the gallery above the tombs of the poet and the explorer. From there we look one more time through the giant forest and into the heart of the empire.

Isn’t this majestic?

By the way, the second image was taken handheld at 1/13 s at 52 mm using the Olympus 40-150/2.8. Love this lens.

3378 – Exploring the Cloister II

Cloisters fascinate me. They have so, since I visited my first one about 27 years ago.

I can’t really tell why. Probably it’s because we have not so many old monasteries in Austria, and certainly not in Carinthia, where I was born. Actually Carinthia has always been a backward province, more rural than anything else.

During the age of Baroque there was a lot of money in Austria and Germany, therefore many of the old monasteries were rebuilt in baroque style, much like S茫o Vicente.

Like there, the cloisters were largely representative. As a functional part of a monastery, the cloister is really a mediaeval concept. There were no “living” cloisters after Renaissance.

Add the fact, that most monasteries were secularized during the age of Enlightenment, and it becomes clear that I never had much chance to see good cloisters in Austria at all.

The first that I saw were in southern France, a region that waned in importance after its fall as an independent Occitaine and its de facto occupation by the north.

Among the most beautiful cloisters I always remembered the oriental splendor of Monreale in Sicily, the delightful elegance of Mont Saint Michel, and now the Mosteiro dos Jer贸nimos is also in that league.

3377 – Exploring the Cloister I

Do you see an influence of India?

Well, I think I do 馃檪

While Spain concentrated on the gold of the New World, Portugal was more interested in trade with India.

Spices and silk were the riches of the Orient, and since the advent of Islam, trade with India was indirect and much more expensive.

Venice, on the height of its own power at the time of the fourth crusade, the one that Enrico Dandolo infamously directed against Constantinople, had almost grabbed a monopoly on the eastern trade, and breaking that monopoly was what Portugal was after.

Whatever the influences are (I’m only speculating), this cloister is as good as it gets in European architecture. Of course, being one of the main sights of Lisbon, it is always full of people. You need time to get the images that you want.

This is again one of those cases where one visit is not enough. I’d like to see this place through the seasons, at different times of the day, before sunrise or after sunset. Well, that’s the difference between visiting a place and living there. If you visit, you have to accept what you get. Not that I got it bad though. I’m just saying 馃檪

3376 – The Tomb of Lu铆s Vaz de Cam玫es

I’m glad I looked it up. I’d already wanted to sell it to you as the tomb of Vasco da Gama. Turns out I haven’t seen it. It looks very similar and must be on the other side of the entrance hall, on that side, where light was really, really bad.

So, this is Lu铆s Vaz de Cam玫es, a classical poet instead of an explorer, younger than Vasco da Gama, but still from the period of Portugal’s highest power.

The image is an HDR, made in Lightroom from two exposures. As you’d expect, with the dark interior and the bright window, contrasts were brutal.

3375 – The Pillar in the Sacristy

You have to pay some small entrance fee in order to visit the sacristy.

It’s not absolutely mandatory to do so, but that’s not because it is not beautiful. It is, albeit in all the splendor of the monastery, in a way the sacristy is just more of the same. A wonderful ceiling one more time, though not very different from that in the nave.

Here we see tasteful consistency again. Well, that’s what happens when a church is built in a relatively short time, and in order for this to happen, an enormous amount of money must be available 馃榾