The Side Chapel
In essence a Gesamtkunstwerk, the chapel is mainly composed of a central altarpiece surrounded by paintings, and encircled by tapestries and embroideries, among other artifacts - as a multi-textural still-life, it invites veneration.
Across continents the chapel often recalls window dressings, its mise-en-scene conceived to be encountered frontally. Combining formal sophistication with the amateurish and the folkloric, the language of display is painting led - from the two-dimensional plane to the three-dimensional object in constellation. Whether raw in outline or highly embellished, the autonomy of each individual piece is embedded within the syntax of the wider ensemble.
The chapel shares certain qualities of the side-show, affording shelter to regional preferences in style and sentiment. Despite its domestic scale and sphere, it is intended, most often, for the public gaze.