Pictured here is my second post of the Murano Glass chandeliers at Castletown House in Celbridge County Kildare.
In this shot you can see two of the three chandeliers that hang over this room known as the Long Gallery.
Built between 1722 and 1727 for William Connolly, speaker of the Irish house of Commons. The façade of the houses design is of the Italian architect, Alessandro Galilei, while the large wings were added later by Edward Lovett Pearce.
This is regarded as one of the most important houses in Ireland and one of great significance in Europe's architectural history. It is the largest Palladian house in the country.
William Connolly died in 1724 while the house was still being built, and the final touches to the house were put on hold until Connolly's great nephew Thomas moved in, along with his 15 year old wife Louisa.
Louisa had a penchant for Italian aesthetics and design so she undertook much of the interior design of the house. She had the Long Gallery designed to suit her tastes. The walls of the room were painted with Pompeian scenes by two English artists, and three of these chandeliers were commissioned from Murano near Venice to match the new color scheme of the room. Although they are exquisite works, it is said that Louisa was disappointed when they arrived, as she claimed they were the wrong shade of blue.
The long gallery was a public room in this immense house, and is 80 feet long and 23 feet wide. The chandeliers are decorated with glass flowers of all kinds as well as a variety of glass fruits and berries.
This visit to the house was probably the one I have most enjoyed, as for the first time I have been, they were allowing photography inside. Normally, these great mansions in Ireland prohibit cameras, but as there was a modern art exhibition taking place, they allowed them on this occasion, which gave me the chance to take this shot.
When I took this shot, I was standing near the centre of the room, so to give an idea of size, it is almost twice the size of what can be seen here, with the third chandelier hanging behind me.
Murano Glass comes from the Venetian island of Murano which has throughout the centuries become famous for its glassworks. It is believed that Murano glass actually originated in Rome, but because of fear of fire among the cities mostly wooden structures, the foundries of the glassmakers were ordered to move to Murano in 1291. By the end of the 16th century, three thousand of Murano island's seven thousand inhabitants were involved in some way in the glassmaking industry.
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Romano46 (16578) 2014-01-10 11:11
il POV è estremamente originale e aiuta a creare una composizione di grande effetto.
Piace anche in maniera notevole la bella simmetria e la stupenda successione sia delle finestre che delle statue.
Ottimi i colori dai toni molto saturi senza che questo crei fastidio.
Eccellente la gestione della luce e la nitidezza in un ambiente non facile da riprendere.
Bravissimo sia per la foto che per le straordinarie note.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
photoray (10139) 2014-01-10 12:27
Very attractive colorful view of the Castletown House interior, with elaborate hand crafted colored glass chandeliers contrasted with the blue tones.
Rich politicians are also frequent today, in the U.S. It was just announced that half our congressmen are millionaires. And many get richer while in political office.
Have an excellent weekend,
mesutilgim (79988) 2014-01-10 13:09
Such a beutiful artwork can not be found (most probably) in Murano itself.
Like many great artworks of French painters can be seen in the Museums of USA.
Very good interior capture.
TFS and have a nice weekend
rigoletto (34197) 2014-01-10 13:40
ciao noelissimo dalla murano. i remember you once looked up and saw these chandeliers, what a cracker it was, and this one is no exception. i think of having these chandeliers at home... we would need to sit outside the living room, i guess, as there would be no room left for us. it almost has a wide angle appeal, the exposure settings and white balance are also very good.
ourania (26348) 2014-01-10 13:44
I'm very glad you returned to this theme too. The chandeliers are fascinating works of art and one can lose track of time studying and admiring them. I like very much the way you used perspectives and scale in this vertical frame, you've achieved superb depth and definition, a comprehensive setting which also provides intriguing lighting and chromatic contrast. The designs, textures colours and warmth of the chandeliers are totally captivating. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
Giustiniani (2727) 2014-01-10 14:06
impressionnant et grandiose! Une belle perspective, une lumière et des couleurs magnifiques. Une superbe mise en image.
lousat (72231) 2014-01-10 14:47
Hi Noel,a great advertising for these glasses coming from my country but very very expensive now...ehehe....fantastic capture with the best details and colors,an excellent symmetry too of this magnificent room,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
vjmite (3704) 2014-01-10 17:11
A great subject for photography. Your photo has captured all the marvellous detail and colour of the chandelier, as well s details on the walls and ceiling. Excellent light control.
SnapRJW (29282) 2014-01-10 20:34
Hello Noel - You need the right kind of house to display a chandelier of this opulent style! Here we see just the place where the glass work does not overpower but compliments the other beautiful features of the space. Can you imagine how the room would look at night lit only by flickering candles in the chandeliers? The colours of the glass would be shown off fantastically as the candle light reflected off the shiny surfaces.
Congratulations on a well managed shot, your composition and colour allows us to fully appreciate the beauty of craftsmanship.
Have a super weekend.
jjcordier (73228) 2014-01-10 23:11
Ces chandeliers en verre de Murano sont vraiment somptueux. Belle composition, bonne exposition et superbes couleurs.
emka (73183) 2014-01-10 23:55
fantastic photo, beautiful colours, these saturated blue walls contrast with the huge glass chandeliers. difficult light condition but you did very well. excellent depth. i like most here the repetitive pattern on the right side.
WArm regrads Malgo
danos (83053) 2014-01-11 1:01
great the interior view of the Murano glass chandeliers that looks so spectacular from their unique existance.I like the good presentation, the light and the colour management as the charmy of this room of Castletown House.
Have a great weekend,Danos
Subhogen (4065) 2014-01-11 1:43
You show the Long Gallery effectively long with the row of chandeliers, the row of windows on one side and the statues on the other side. The warm colors of the chandelier lights contrast the blue colors on the wall perfectly. I like the way we can see artwork on the ceiling and the walls on one side, helped by the natural light coming through the windows. Excellent photography Noel, I like it a lot.
Thanks for sharing.
snunney (79551) 2014-01-11 2:18
A great capture of these magnificent chandeliers, though they must be the very devil to keep clean:-) Well exposed in difficult circumstances and with superb detail. Excellent informative note as always.
carlo62 (27574) 2014-01-11 5:47
questi candelabri sono magnifici e non può che farmi piacere sapere che sono di Murano.
Bella composizione, mi piacciono le grandi finestre a destra, la luce che penetra prende una bella colorazione.
timecapturer (45163) 2014-01-11 5:47
now that is a chandelier. So much intricate detail and you have captured its elegance and grace so beautifully in this setting. Love the light and blue tones here it just makes the whole image so captivating. Better not let Delboy in to clean these eh? :-).
Have a great weekend - B.
jemaflor (80658) 2014-01-11 8:32
Great Murano glass, well captured with these colors and lights, tfs, all the room is well managed, interesting light on the blue tone.
Fis2 (81888) 2014-01-11 9:52
Beautiful interior, stunning chandeliers!
Good frame and fantastic light.
Miguel82 (20150) 2014-01-11 10:06
Very neat picture with a good light management Noel, magnificent candelabrum, bright colors and perfect sharpness, an educational report about the Murano glass, have a nice evening
bbarna (690) 2014-01-11 10:44
This is an amazing picture with these beautiful large chandeliers. You are lucky that you could photograph such a unique work of art. I wonder how they used it without electricity, it must have been quite a job to keep them supplied with candles, light them, and clean the dripping wax. Recently I had some experience working with candles, when we were without power for three days due to an ice storm.
nikkitta (13220) 2014-01-11 11:58
Amazing simetrical capture and POV of the interior of the castle with such colorful chandeliers in contrast with the blue light from outside
Indeed such expensive work of art (chandeliers) need place to be admiredand here they have whole Hall
Great, impresive work
Enjoy watching and reading the note, tfs
siudzi (32329) 2014-01-11 14:56
Wow! What a shot! The interior looks extremely spectacular from your POV with all its details, decorations and colors. Perfectly executed image with a very good exposure and sharpness. TFS!
jcpix (11440) 2014-01-11 19:10
If for nothing else, I would give points for using the word "penchant." :) As far as I'm concerned, there's no such thing as a wrong shade of blue...I should have been around at the time to have a good talk with Louisa. I do remember well this exquisite chandelier, the first one being a close up if I'm not mistaken. As you've stated, this provides more of a sense of scale, these really are quite large.
Stunningly beautiful too, they really do grab your attention straight away. Having been fortunate enough to visit Murano and see some of the glass blowing, it's absolutely amazing and impressive how these things are hand crafted. The range of reds/blues/greens in this arrangement is sublime, and the touch of golden accents make it even better. Beauty shot here Cool Hand Noel, this looks pretty darn sweet for a hand held!
I have to think though, the cobwebs and dusting upkeep must be a chore and a half! Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
Cheers from the valley of the sun,
krzychu30 (15332) 2014-01-12 6:30
Your upward POV combined with perfect symmetry and excellent light control give really magnificent outcome!
I like also the color scheme of the scene and juxtaposition of blue walls with red elements of the chandeliers.
Have a nice sunday
omid266 (3224) 2014-01-12 7:12
Salam dear Noel ,
Good evening friend ,
Very nice , well done !
It is another historic heritage in Ireland that
such all other ones in other countries and
such Nature (Our Mother ) belongs to all of humans
in the Earth and we should to keep and support them
for others who come in future ,
All is Ok in this pic. nice captured ,
Thanks alot for sharing this beauty with us ,
*** Peace and Blessing of God may be with you **
Truly Yours ,
Omid - I.R.IR
aleXundar (1256) 2014-01-12 8:44
What a wonderful shot of the row of colorful chandeliers! Great perspective to show the length of the hall as well as the details of the chandelier. Excellent colors all over with a superb light treatment.
A spectacular shot.
cornejo (27979) 2014-01-12 10:04
Hi Noel, excellent photography of these beautiful and interesting crystal chandeliers, beautifully captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, light and color. Excellent and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
mcmtanyel (10447) 2014-01-14 22:16
Nice contrast between the reddish chandeliers and the bluish windows. Sharp indoor photo, well done!
adores (34368) 2014-01-27 16:00
Beautiful! I remember the other one and I also like this one! Good vertical formal and eye catching colours! The chandelier is really beautiful and it seems everything is colourful here!
- Copyright: Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) (20720)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-06-08
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon EOS 60D
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/30 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-10 10:41
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