The Porto Cathedral was built in the 12th century in the Romanesque style but has been modified and restored many times over the centuries and in many different architectural styles. In 1736 an Italian architect named Nicolau Nasoni added a Baroque loggia to the north façade. I took a shot of the central portion of this loggia and thought it would look pretty interesting in black and white and so it is my entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge.
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Nasoni lived in Porto for about 50 years and is responsible for the design of two other most prominent buildings in the city: the Porto Episcopal Palace and the tower of the Clerigo church. He was also an artist and he produced both the blue tiles in the cathedral’s loggia and the fresco paintings on the walls of the cathedral’s new Baroque apse.
Nasoni used a technique called talha dourada to decorate wood with gold leaf and this technique can be found around the altars in churches all over Porto. Portugal was the richest country in Europe during the 18th century, thanks to the gold and diamond mines in Brazil. A lot of this wealth went to the construction of churches and other buildings in Porto, which is sometimes called the City of Baroque.
I used Lightroom and Nik Silver Efex Pro to produce this monochrome picture. Here’s the color version which was processed in Lightroom and Nik Color Efex Pro:
Australian photographer Leanne Cole hosts the weekly Monochrome Madness Challenge. Drop by her website on Thursday (Wednesday in Europe and North America) to see what Leanne and other photographers from all over the world are doing in monochrome these days. Leanne suggests a specific theme for the first week of every month. The theme for next week is Up in the Air.