not an easy book
The multiple domes of the S. Cecilia Chapel in S. Carlo ai Catinari in Rome are detached and contrasting in shape. Beyond the oval oculus of the lower dome is seen a rectangular space flooded with light, containing a sculptural quartet of musical angels. Beyond this zone, in turn, floats an even more brilliant oval lantern.
Soane uses interior domes in square spaces even in small areas like the breakfast room at Lincoln Fields Inn.
His [Soane's] fantastic juxtapositions of domes and lanterns, squinches and pendentives, and a variety of other ornamental and structural
shapes elsewhere [Court of Exchequer] work to enrich the sense of enclosure and light. These layered structural-ornamental elements are sometimes vestigial (almost in a two dimensional pattern), but they give the complex effect of actually detached spatial layers.
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