Contemporary taste has lost affection for elaborate ornament. Especially ceilings are the most popular victim to minimalism. Perhaps rightfully so. To turn a ceiling ino a breathtaking work of art takes enormous talent, skill and financial budget. With lack of any of these, it is best left plain and simple. The ceilings pictured in this post are superb examples of a lost art.
Above: Ornate ceilings of different period styles in the Louvre, Paris, France.
Left: Beaux-Arts ceiling in the Louvre, Paris.
Below Center: Frescoed ceiling in the chapel of the Palais de Versailles, France.
Left and above Right: Ceilings in the Palais de Versailles, France.
To the Right: Contemporary ceiling at a restaurant in New York City. This is as much visual interest as todays' low plasterboard ceilings can bear.