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  • Away down toward the far end of the church (I thought it was really clear at the far end, but discovered afterward that it was in the centre, under the dome,) stood the thing they call the baldacchino -- a great bronze pyramidal frame-work like that which upholds a mosquito bar.

    The Innocents Abroad

  • The other, called a baldacchino, is of more elaborate structure and consists, in main outline, of a rectangular frame-work of rich cloth, supported by four, six, or eight staves by which it is carried.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux

  • What I was particularly pleased to see was the splendid Romanitas of the chapel, with its graceful columns which lead the eye up to the central point of focus, the high altar, and even more pleased to see the inclusion of a ciborium magnum (or "baldacchino") over that altar -- which all the more highlights the altar, giving it its due prominence.

    New Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary

  • For this reason, in the minds of the early Christians, the altar could never be without the halo of its sacred nature -- that is, the ciborium or baldacchino in marble or in silver.

    An Irish Ciborium and the Ciborium Generally

  • The use of a ciborium, or baldacchino, can be a very effective and particularly dignified way to resolve the matter, giving the altar that due gravitas.

    New Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary

  • Bernini used Borromini when it suited him, and very probably exploited him through a number of papal commissions, including the St Peter's baldacchino, the mighty, barley-sugar-columned canopy that sits theatrically under Michelangelo's dome.

    Borromini: the first architect

  • Every person and item of ritual furniture the altar with its book, candlesticks and crucifix laid out, the papal throne to the left with its honorific baldacchino is numbered and then labeled in the key below, so that viewers of the print can learn every arcane detail of this aspect of the papal mass.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • This fence, which connects the columns and forbids passage to all men, may be compared to the baldacchino of Roman churches.

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah

  • In his very interesting article on statues [NYR, February 1] James Fenton makes one unfortunate error, stating that Bernini destroyed the bronze doors of the Pantheon for the baldacchino of St. Peter's.

    It Was the Roof

  • The echoes of old voices seemed to whisper among the pouring slivers of light, dead fingers polished the bronze rays behind the high altar and caressed the twisted bronze columns of the baldacchino.

    The Thorn Birds


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