Looking back to Earth

  • S. J. Gustav Schörghofer
Part of the Studies in Space Policy book series (STUDSPACE, volume 5)


The Jesuit Church in the centre of Vienna (Austria) was built in the beginning of the 17th century, consecrated in 1631. One hundred years later, from 1703 on, Andrea Pozzo created the interior decoration. Pozzo, a Jesuit brother and famous artist, reinterpreted the whole interior space. His idea was to centralise the space of the audience below a painted cupola. The high altar was built like a stage. The altar piece shows the assumption of Mary. The daylight illumination in the morning makes the whole scene brilliant like a movie.


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