Advanced Search

K-12 Educator
K-12 Student
Museum Visitor
UMMA Docent
UMMA Staff
University Faculty
University Student
Between and Mortarboard


UMMA Object Specific Fields






Query builder

12 Items in this Learning Collection
Collection Object
Collection Object
Collection Object
Collection Object
Collection Object
Collection Object
Collection Object
Collection Object
Collection Object
Collection Object

Copyright
All Rights Reserved ()

Basílica do Palácio Nacional de Mafra

Accession Number
2007/2.15

Title
Basílica do Palácio Nacional de Mafra

Artist(s)
Candida Höfer

Object Creation Date
2006

Medium & Support
chromogenic color print on paper

Dimensions
100 3/8 in x 80 5/8 in x 2 1/8 in (254.95 cm x 204.79 cm x 5.4 cm);100 3/8 in x 80 5/8 in x 2 1/8 in (254.95 cm x 204.79 cm x 5.4 cm)

Credit Line
Museum purchase made possible by the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund

Label copy
March 28, 2009
I photograph in public and semi-public spaces that date from various epochs. These are spaces available to everyone. They are places where you can meet and communicate, where you can share or receive knowledge, where you can relax and recover.
—Candida Höfer
Höfer photographs interiors from all over the world: theaters, museums, libraries, and cathedrals. Her primary interest lies not in the location or function of the buildings that are her subjects, but in the spaces they enclose. Empty and vast, these are completely devoid of human presence, yet filled with quiet grandeur.
In this photograph of the cathedral at Mafra National Palace in Portugal, Höfer creates an atmosphere of ethereal stillness by desaturating the composition—leaving the warm rose-colored marble muted and pale—while infusing the space with pure white light. Through this choreography of nuanced color and light, along with a high vanishing point and an emphasis on symmetry, Höfer constructs a rigorously ordered composition that has a monumentality similar to that of the structure itself.

Subject matter
Pictured here is the apse of the basilica at Mafra Palace on the Lisbon coast of Portugal. The Baroque and Italianate neoclassical palace-monastery was built in 1717, and served the royal family through the eighteenth century. It is now a museum.

Physical Description
chromogenic print

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Primary Object Type
color

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
If you are interested in using an image for a publication, please visit http://umma.umich.edu/request-image for more information and to fill out the online Image Rights and Reproductions Request Form.

Keywords
Architecture
apses
basilicas
cathedrals (buildings)
modern and contemporary art
photographs

7 Related Resources

Christian Churches
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)
Religious Buildings
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)
Entrancing
(Part of: Collection Ensemble)
Void (2020)
(Part of: Sight & Sound: A New Way to Experience UMMA's 'Collection Ensemble')

& Author Notes

All Rights Reserved