Optical Illusion & Projection in Domes:
A Study of Guarino Guarini's
Santissima Sindone

Risa Tolin

This thesis is a study of different geometric effects created by Guarino Guarini in the dome of Santissima Sindone by means of optical illusion, perspective and projection. As part of this research, a computer model of the dome of this church was created using polyhedral objects and parametric surfaces in order to examine the visual distinctions of various architectural elements.