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Musei Vaticani: Descent by Georgie Hart
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A fittingly striking spiral staircase leading away from the magnificent art in the Vatican Museums.

Extracted from the archives, dusted off and converted to mono.

It’s been a bit tricky trying to find information about this staircase – a common misconception seems to be that it was designed by ‘the’ Michelangelo, (Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simon 1475-1564, the Italian Renaissance artist responsible for the Statue of David and Sistine Chapel ceiling frescoes, amongst other things), and other information suggests it seems to have been designed by a different Michelangelo, Michelangelo Simonetti, an Italian architect from the Mid 18th century.

After further research I’m now more confident that it was actually Giuseppe Momo, a more contemporary Italian architect, who designed this staircase.

Lumix TZ11.

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Challenge winner of the Stairwells in black and white challenge, The Woman Photographer group.

Challenge winner of the December Prize Challenge in Lumix Lovers.

Second in the Descending the Staircase challenge in Up and Over.

Equal second in the April Featured Artworks challenge in The Compact Group.

Fourth in the Vortex Shapes challenge in the Shapes and Patterns group.

Top ten in the Spiral Staircases challenge in the Which Way group.

Homepage feature March 28th 2010

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georgie hart, giuseppe momo, musei vaticani, spiral, staircase, stairs, stairway, steps, black and white, vatican museums

Photography for me is a way of trying to make sense of the world, or at least to slow down and look at things a little more closely.

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Comments

  • Nicolas Perriault
    Nicolas Perriaultabout 4 years ago

    I’m loving this human vortex

  • Thanks heaps Nicolas, glad you like it

    – Georgie Hart

  • Meg Hart
    Meg Hartabout 4 years ago

    Perfect pov Georgie….draws one right in…Another ghART special…!!!

  • Thanks Mum, thought it was worth digging this one out…this is what I do when I’m supposed to be writing up properties!

    – Georgie Hart

  • William Bullimore
    William Bullimoreabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful. I feel dizzy now :)

  • Thanks William, sorry ’bout the vertigo!

    – Georgie Hart

  • SelinaEM
    SelinaEMabout 4 years ago

    SUPERB!!!!

  • Thanks heaps Angel, delighted you like it :)

    – Georgie Hart

  • Harry Oldmeadow
    Harry Oldmeadowabout 4 years ago

    wonderful image G — glad you dug into the archives

  • Thanks Harry, me too – this one was really bland in colour but I wanted to try black and white before binning it.

    – Georgie Hart

  • rosson1
    rosson1about 4 years ago

    Superb GHart…like william…a bit of dizziness happening here:)) What are you up to…vertigo in two shots:))

  • Anything to ‘turn heads’ RO!

    – Georgie Hart

  • Merrilyn Hunt
    Merrilyn Huntabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic shot, Georgie! You’re spot on, a “fittingly striking” image!! Congrats!!

  • Thanks so much Merrilyn, glad you like it :D

    – Georgie Hart

  • dani05
    dani05about 4 years ago

    Makes me think of baroque music. Great stuff. Always good to go back to the archives and find forgotten gems!

  • It was just brilliant to stand there looking down, and I knew I should be able to make something of it with a camera, but the original was so blah…kept looking at it wistfully until I converted it to mono and played with the tones yesterday and now I’m reasonably happy with what I ended up with, glad I didn’t wipe it.

    – Georgie Hart

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtabout 4 years ago

    Totally awesome staircase!!! WOW!! :D

  • Isn’t it beautifully designed? It really makes a stunning exit from the extraordinary galleries.

    – Georgie Hart

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtabout 4 years ago


    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

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