March 7, 2017

Architectural Styles: A Visual Guide by Owen Hopkins

By Owen Hopkins

Have you puzzled what the adaptation is among Gothic and Gothic Revival, or the best way to distinguish among Baroque and Neoclassical? This consultant makes broad use of photos to spot and clarify the attribute positive factors of approximately three hundred constructions. the result's a transparent and easy-to-navigate consultant to deciding on the major varieties of western structure from the classical age to the current day.

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From about 1350 a style now known as Perpendicular began to emerge. Elaborate tracery patterns were eschewed in favour of an apparently rational system of vertical and horizontal bars, creating series of repeating glazed panels. The complex vaults of the Decorated period evolved into the structurally simpler (though more dramatic in its apparent lightness) fan vault, formed from identical ribs emanating from a single point. The vaults of Gloucester Cathedral and the naves of Canterbury and Winchester cathedrals are among the most important realizations of the Perpendicular phase of Gothic.

Michelangelo, new sacristy, S. Lorenzo, Florence, 1520–24 Grandeur Redesigned by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger (1483–1546) in 1534, the Palazzo Farnese symbolizes the grandeur of the Roman High Renaissance. The façade eschews the usual ground-floor rustication apart from thick quoins, while its firstfloor windows are topped by alternating triangular and segmental pediments, a Roman motif. Its heavy cornice and upper courtyard storey were added later in a Mannerist spirit by Michelangelo. Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, Palazzo Farnese, Rome, 1534–46 61 Renaissance and Mannerism > Northern Renaissance Region: France, the Netherlands, England; also Germany and eastern Europe Period: Sixteenth century Characteristics: Local traditions; Symmetry; Medieval plan; Animated skyline; Emblematism; Authenticity The advent of the printing press in the fifteenth century enabled the dispersal of architectural ideas far wider and more quickly than ever before.

Rinascita The Renaissance – the cultural manifestation of which was the return to ancient models of art, architecture and literature – is inextricably linked with the advent and development of Humanism. The rinascita (rebirth) of classical learning that, at its core, asserted the primacy of human agency over received doctrines had profound effects, not just in an intellectual sphere but also for social relations and patronage. Classical texts had, of course, not been forgotten during the medieval period, and in Italy in particular antiquity’s physical ruins were never far from view.

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