There's something magical about Matthew Simmonds' beautiful sculptures. He seems to carve the rock to reveal secret architectural worlds that were trapped for eons inside marbles and limestones -- castles, palaces and cathedrals inhabited by invisible characters of some Shakespearian tragedy.
The one above is Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, but his other pieces come from his imagination combined with his knowledge of history and architecture.
Matthew Simmonds is a British sculptor. He graduated from university with a degree in history of art in 1984, specialising in the art and architecture of the medieval period. In 1991 he trained as an architectural stone carver, participating in the restoration of several important historic monuments in England, most particularly Westminster Abbey and Ely Cathedral. In 1996 he transferred to Italy, where he specialised in the carving of fine classical sculpture in marble. His art has been in exhibits all around the world.
You can follow his work in his his site.