Description The Basilica of Saint Mary Major15x11 Watercolor,The Basilica of Saint Mary Major is the largest of the eighty Mary churches in Rome. The present Basilica dates back to the fifth century AD. Its construction was tied to the Council of Ephesus of 431 AD, which proclaimed Mary Theotokos, Mother of God. Sixtus III commissioned and financed the project as Bishop of Rome. Crossing the threshold, one is overwhelmed by the vision of vast space, splendid marbles, and marvelous decoration.This church was built in 432 by order of pope Sixtus III on Esquiline Hill and is one of the seven pilgrim churches and one the four papal basilicas in Rome. The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore was built on the site where the Virgin Mary appeared in a dream of pope Liberius. This is also where a blanket of snow appeared on the hill on 5 August in the middle of Summer. This day is commemorated every year with white flower petals that are dropped from the ceiling.The basilica has undergone several renovations and additions over the centuries, but its overall architectural style can be described as a mix of Romanesque and Baroque. The central part of the north facade, which dates back to the 18th century, is the most ornate and dramatic. It features a large, semicircular pediment supported by a series of Corinthian columns and topped by a sculptural group depicting the Coronation of the Virgin. The pediment is flanked by two bell towers, each of which is topped by a dome and decorated with sculptures and reliefs.
Lisa Lu, State of Washington Member Since March 2009 Artist Statement Lisa first started painting with color pencils at the age of 10, and she has always loved to paint ever since; it allows her to express feelings with a peaceful mind. Self-taught and self-developed in watercolor and ink painting, each of Lisa's painting is a journey to adventure. Lisa presently resides with her husband and their son in the State of Washington. She is a licensed architect, and currently works in an architecture firm, while continuing self study and painting on architecture and landscape subjects in watercolors.