Renwned Italian photographer Federico Scarchilli captures the marvels of Cistercian architecture in his latest photographic collection. The images represent the majesty of the architectural era "that reflects the transition between the Romanesque and Gothic periods." The spaces carry an inherent royal quality that suggests purity, honor and cleanliness. During this period in history, religious authorities maintained that the excessiveness of ornamentation is counter-productive in light of spiritual studies, hence the establishments are void of unnecessary embellishment.
Federico Scarchilli masterfully frames these instances of Cistercian architecture, bringing up the delicate motifs, the small details and their structural uniformity. The photographer creates an anthology of Cistercian architecture with bright and symmetric shots. For his project, the creative chose three of the era's most famous buildings — Abbazia di Fossanova, Casamari and Valvisciolo.