Agustin Vidal Saavedra created a fascinating motion graphic based on the “Ecstasy of Saint Francis.” The dome as a tectonic representation of heaven is beautifully expressed in this video montage.
The final passage from Irving Stone’s The Agony and the Ecstasy comes to mind:
“… and as the pictures came to a stop and stood still in his mind’s eye, St. Peters.
St.Peter’s… He entered the church through its front portal, walked in the strong Roman sunshine down the wide nave, stood below the center of the dome, just over the tomb of St. Peter. He felt his soul leave his body, rise upward into the dome, becoming part of it: part of space, of time, of heaven, and of God.”