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Description: Gianlorenzo Bernini's baldacchino towers twenty metres over the main altar, and yet is dwarfed by Michelangelo's dome more than a hundred metres above it. This shot captures the detail of Bernini's design - the helical columns based on the legend of those from Solomon's temple, and the flaring dove of the Holy Spirit - with heavy use of diagonals to maintain the writhing energy. The dynamic off-centre placement is balanced by the Medallion of Saint John the Evangelist in the spandrel, top-right.
Taken close-up with a wide-angle lens, the helical spin of the bronze columns create a vector upwards to convergence point (the dome's lantern) just out of frame i.e. a vertical triangle was implied to give a sense of scale.
Title: The Dove and the Eagle