"I'm singing myself to sleep. All my dreams will be yours to keep. 'Cause I wouldn't know what I know if I wasn't your man anymore. Your love is the sunshine too.
A stained glass window I'm looking through. It's true, if it wasn't for you, I'd be lonesome and blue that's for sure" John Davis
A detail captured in Monasterio de Santa Catilina
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The Monasterio de Santa Catalina is a cloistered convent located in Arequipa, Peru. It was built in 1580 and was enlarged in the 17th century. The over 20,000-square-meter monastery is predominantly of the Mudéjar style, and is characterised by the vividly painted walls. There are approximately 20 nuns currently living in the northern corner of the complex; the rest of the monastery is open to the public.
The founder of the monastery was a rich widow, Maria de Guzman. The tradition of the time indicated that the second son or daughter of a family would enter religious service, and the convent accepted only women from high-class Spanish families. Each nun at Santa Catalina had between one and four servants or slaves, and the nuns invited musicians to perform in the convent, gave parties and generally lived a lavish lifestyle. Each family paid a dowry at their daughter's entrance to the convent, and the dowry owed to gain the highest status, indicated by wearing a black veil, was 2,400 silver coins, equivalent to US$50,000 today. The nuns were also required to bring 25 listed items, including a statue, a painting, a lamp and clothes. The wealthiest nuns may have brought fine English china and silk curtains and rugs. Although it was possible for poorer nuns to enter the convent without paying a dowry, it can be seen from the cells that most of the nuns were very wealthy.
In 1871 Sister Josefa Cadena, a strict Dominican nun, was sent by Pope Pius IX to reform the monastery. She sent the rich dowries back to Europe, and freed all the servants and slaves, giving them the choice of remaining as nuns or leaving. In addition to the stories of outrageous wealth, there are tales of nuns becoming pregnant, and amazingly of the skeleton of a baby being discovered encased in a wall. This, in fact, did not happen in Santa Catalina, and there are rumours of the same story in the nearby Santa Rosa convent, as well.
The convent once housed approximately 450 people (about a third of them nuns and the rest servants) in a cloistered community. In the 1960s, it was struck twice by earthquakes, severely damaging the structures, and forcing the nuns to build new accommodation next door. It was then restored and opened to the public. This also helped pay for the installation of electricity and running water, as required by law.
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Afsanehbagheri (3206) 2012-04-14 9:25
سلام دوست من
سایه نور و کنتراست بالا
mesutilgim (80900) 2012-04-16 14:08
Nice capture oft this beautiful stained glass window with nice shadow.
TFS and best regards
Waylim (25166) 2012-04-16 17:59
Not the most compelling image, but I like the shadow with the color of the stain glass. I might have crop the shadow on the bottom.
AliMoein (780) 2012-04-17 9:11
Very interesting view of the window
It has a very good colors and light
chrisvek (7001) 2012-04-17 13:19
Very nice shoot.Awesome game with the shadows and the ligthning.Very nice POV and great details.Well done.
Nicou (117770) 2012-04-18 0:59
quel captage et jeu d'ombres et lumière sueprbe ce vitrail comme une belle fleur avec l'effet de lumière.
bravo et amitié
abmdsudi (40604) 2012-04-18 4:11
Very impressive crop, you have captured some lovely lighting, shadows and gorgeous glowing colors on the stained glass panels which give it such a great feel and strinking contrast. Very elegant indeed while the eye is drawn to the intricate designs and colors. Simple fabulous photo work, Congrats.
Silvio1953 (117405) 2012-04-19 1:22
Ciao Silvio, bel dettaglio del vetro finemente la vorato e dai bei colori, foto solo apparentemente facile, che per addomesticare la luce in queste condizioni occorre classe ed esperienza, bravo, ciao Silvio
mauro61 (52623) 2012-04-19 1:24
buon colpo d'occhio tra luce e riflessi con la finestra perfettamente tagliata all'interno dell'inquadratura.
Immagine semplice ma dalla buona resa,
ti auguro una buona giornata
Sonata11 (33179) 2012-04-23 12:41
simple but a very beautiful stained glass window and great colored shedow. Great executed image. Perfectly well done. Like it.
All the best,
Yiannis84 (2824) 2012-04-25 5:28
I love the simplicity and the vertical cut of this picture! wonderful light management and clarity..for sure your picture has a very strong feeling..very well done
Fis2 (82736) 2012-04-28 13:04
I like frame and composition.
Greetings from Wielkopolska.
josepmarin (57595) 2012-06-12 12:24
me gusta la sencillez de tu composición, y la potencia gráfica de esta vidriera y de la proyección de su dibujo sobre la base de la ventana, debido al fantástico efecto de la luz a través suyo.
Es una foto bien vista y bien realizada.