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The multiple domes of the Baroque represent, in section. layers which are analogous but detached. Through their central oculi one can see spaces beyond spaces. In the project by the [Egid Quirin] Asam, for instance, the inner dome with its oculus masks high windows, thus producing surprising effects of light and a more complex space. On the exterior the upper dome increases the effect of scale and height.
In their [Asam Brothers] Abbey church at Weltenburg the clouds of the frescoed upper dome, which are viewed through the oculus of the lower dome, increase the sense of space.
In S. Maria in Canepanova in Pavia the effect of the layered dome is seen on the outside rather than the inside.
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