Rise Above


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Rise Above was selected as a Featured Work by the groups Exploring America, Preserving History and Your Pictures Exposed in September 2017.

Photographed by JD Brummer for As Eye See Photography, an abstract view of the great artistry of the ceiling within Our Lady of Victory Bascilica in Lackawanna, New York. Construction began in 1921, and was completed in 1925.

The largest work of art at the Bascilica is the decoration of the Great Dome, 80 feet (24 m) in diameter, which depicts the Assumption of Mary and the Blessed Mother’s Coronation. Around the dome’s outer edge, the 12 apostles and three archangels are shown, while an angelic host carries Mary towards heaven. Slightly higher within the dome, Jesus in red robes can been seen awaiting her. At the pinnacle of the dome, 120 feet (37 m) above the basilica floor, a white Dove of Peace looks down from Heaven at the basilica.3

From the Great Dome to the choir loft, the ceiling is covered by five giant murals. They depict Mary as Queen of Patriarchs, Queen of the Apostles, Queen of the Angels, Queen of the Prophets, and Queen of the Martyrs. The two walls on the Basilica’s sides feature huge paintings depicting scenes from the Gospels: the Massacre of the Innocents, the Flight into Egypt, and the Birth of Jesus at Bethlehem.

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