When in Rome, Skip the Sistine Chapel

By Jessica Stewart - 2014-01-21T15:35:39Z

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While his contemporary and rival Bernini, who is responsible for the form of St. Peter's Square, may be more well known, no one can top Borromini for his ingenuity. Completed in the first half of the 17th century, don’t let the clean white interior fool you. Rather than hiring a painter, Borromini decorated the ceiling with complex geometric embellishments. Keep an eye on those shapes, as they actually get smaller as they recede into the dome—Borromini's way of tricking the eye and making the dome seem deeper than it is in reality.

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