Monday, June 27, 2011

St. Aloysius Chapel Paintings, Mangalore

This beautiful St. Aloysius Chapel in Mangalore was built sometime in 1899-1900. The interior walls and roofs of the chapel are covered with the paintings of Bro Anthony Moscheni of Italy.

This Chapel was dedicated to the St. Aloysius Gonzaga. On the wall above the alter, the paintings depict the life of Aloysius. The center picture shows him serving the people suffering from plague in Rome.

On the rear walls there is a huge painting where Jesus is shown as the friend of children. This is considered as the masterpiece from the artist.


The paintings on the ceiling.

These paintings here belong to two categories.

Fresco, where the painting is made on fresh wet lime plaster walls. As the lime plaster dries up the colors are embedded. There are about 600 square meters of walls with fresco paintings.
Canvas, where oil painting is done on the pure linen of strong close weave. There are about 400 square metes of canvas paintings.

52 comments:

जाट देवता (संदीप पवाँर) said...

वाह, क्या शानदार हाल है, उतनी शानदार चित्रकारी

RNSANE said...

This is such a beautiful church, with its magnificent paintings. Reminds me of many of the lovely churches in Rome. It is definitely a "must see" spot in India, a land of so many wonderful sites.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

These are fabulous photos! I read a book about the Fresco paintings and love learning more about them! ♥

Snap said...

I've always been fascinated by old religious buildings and amazed at the paintings (especially frescoes) on the ceilings. I just can't imagine the work! Lovely!

Vee said...

Interesting art facts. I really like the one of Jesus with the children. Apparently, there are many painted ceilings besides the Sistine Chapel.

kavita said...

Magnificent artwork ,great architecture .Loved the post .Thanks for sharing.

Art of RetroCollage said...

What magnificent archetecture! My mosaic this week is of my own artwork.

joshi daniel said...

nice and colorful!

Team G Square said...

Nice to know about these paintings .

Harsha said...

Lovely images. The paintings are beautiful.

eileeninmd said...

The painting are just beautiful. What a lovely chapel, great mosaic and photos.

Lea said...

The structure and paintings show how much effort and time were dedicated to finish the building. Thumbs up to them!

Zuzana said...

Beautiful chapel, this could eb anywhere in Europe as well.;))
Have a lovely summer dear friend,
xoxo

nishaslifestyle.blogspot.com said...

oh thatz awesome click...beautiful work...

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

It isn't just Rome that has wonderful frescos. Lovely. V

sandeep said...

awesome paintings these are!

Jeevan said...

Remarkable treasure! Fantastic capture and detail Rajesh.

ladyfi said...

Wow - the paintings on the ceilings and walls are fabulous!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Magnificent images and so breathtaking! Love your post!

Veronica
www.tasselsandtwigs.blogspot.com

Gary said...

Another great tour Rajesh!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Carver said...

The paintings at the chapel are fantastic.

Sylvia K said...

Such a beautiful place! The fresco paintings are superb! Marvelous captures as always, Rajesh! Have a wonderful week!

Sylvia

Al said...

Those are incredible paintings. I remember being very impressed when I saw the famous Sistine Chapel, but I didn't get any good photos of it.

lotusleaf said...

The paintings are so grand!

aka Penelope said...

This is beautiful work that brings to mind the Sistine Chapel ceiling!

Mama Zen said...

These are stunning!

SandyCarlson said...

Wow,wow, wow. Incredible art.

Arija said...

Thank you for enlightening me . I had not known that Italian painters had worked on churches in India. This is a most beautiful example and makes a great contrast to your usual posts about your Indian heritage which is also something I admire.

magiceye said...

very beautiful!

Pranavam Ravikumar a.k.a. Kochuravi said...

Nice snaps..!

It will be better if you change the background color. Have a good day!

Rosie@travel-i-tales said...

This is like being in Italy. A beautiful cathedral.
Rosie

Ash said...

Stunning! Such lovely captures. Thanks so much for sharing.

snowwhite said...

Oh, very beautiful mural paintings and decorations! The chapel is amazingly beautiful!! It is very unique and interesting that Jesus is shown as the friend of children. Thank you for your very informative blog. I really enjoyed this.
Have a great day!

alicesg said...

The church is very beautiful. The paintings on the ceiling are fantastic.

Life Ramblings said...

such a beautiful chapel with magnificent paintings.

Kay L. Davies said...

Very interesting, Rajesh.
K

Roger Owen Green said...

And in these churches, crosses abound!

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

DoanLegacy said...

Incredible paintings and just magnificent!

Joy said...

Just like being in Italy inside the Chapel. Nice captures.

Leovi said...

Nice pictures, I've loved these amazing frames inside the church.

Shooting Parrots said...

The paintings are most beautiful. They make me more determined to visit India one day.

Haddock said...

Lovely pictures.
Will be going to Europe next month but will not be going to this place :-(

Rajesh said...

Haddock: This place is not in Europe. It is in Mangalore, India.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

This was quite unexpected to see here! I was not aware at all of Catholic missionaries have been in India. (I am woefully ignorant of history...and as always I appreciate learning from your lovely pictures and commnentary. Thank you.

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Rizalenio said...

Wow!!! Fascinating artworks up the ceiling. I'm speechless.

R Sudhir Kumar said...

Does reminds me of Churches in France. Now I have to see this!

jabblog said...

What a great contrast to the temples. Beautiful paintings.

Pietro said...

Splendid ceiling, wonderful pictures of St. Aloysius Chapel!

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciating beautiful paintings of this chapel.

Vikram said...

Had visited the chapel during my stay at Manipal. It is indeed very beautiful.

Rajesh said...

Thank you for appreciation.