5. Las Vegas Living

These clients requested a ceiling mural over the bed, with a total commission of four ceilings in the master bedroom suite and the fifth downstairs in the grand foyer between the double staircase.

The foyer ceiling is a twelve-foot-long groin vault configuration. Close ups show corner design, portion of column and the “Earth” figure with cornucopia wings, themed the “Four Elements of Earth”.

The other four ceilings in the master bedroom suite are designed to flow while maintaining their individual personality, as each room transitions to the next.

A pair of black marble statues mark entry to the TV/sitting room with its “quiet” hand painted ceiling composition of three subtle color changes. “Summer” with hair of wheat is one of “Four Seasons”.

A fireplace wall separates sitting room from bedroom and arched limestone foyer leads to His/Her baths. A soaking tub provides view of this circular dome with sea nymphs and faux limestone frame.

Tandem bedroom murals are executed on the ceiling with the main baroque scene positioned over the bed. It is anchored into place by its painted gold frame on a flat ceiling.
The second ceiling is large, with its only role being supportive in context to the mural over the bed.

The main scene explains the roles of Apollo and Diana in allegory with mythological figures.
Apollo enters from the upper left on his daily course across the sky “lighting the sun” with his torch. His gold chariot again reflects he is the sun god, as do his spiked golden curls radiating like sun rays. As this entourage thunders across the morning sky a concerned cherub attempts control of the frisky horses.

As day dawns, Diana the goddess of the night, moon goddess and huntress, is shown in her lower right exit, led out by a single cherub. Depicted with swan headdress as huntress of the night, her blue cape represents many universes within the night sky. As Diana lifts her cape of darkness, she is shown serenely relinquishing her role, giving way to the approaching dawn of Apollo’s role.

Although the painting is an original composition by Edie Irons, the mural is executed in the Venetian 1700’s baroque style of Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. In many of Tiepolo’s works objects and figures expand beyond the confines of the frame and appear within the room.


 
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