The last few months we discovered more about Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Today it is time to delve into Baroque architecture. As usual, I have included pictures of European gems in this style.
Baroque architecture came to prominence during the 17th century. Starting in Italy before spreading first to France and then the rest of Europe, this style can best be described as showing majesty, opulence and radiance both in design and size.
The dramatic intensity of this style indicates supremacy. The ornamentation showing up in the style indicates both the emotion of the era but also wealth and power. At this time, the Church and Kings once again were given absolute power. This power was manifested through this architectural style both in churches, cathedrals and palaces.
- Naves of churches are wider and sometimes oval
- There is a dramatic use of light either by contrasting shade and light or by including several windows
- Large ceiling frescoes are prominent
- There is an exuberant use of color and embellishment
- Structures have a dramatic central projection
- Domes appear pear shaped especially in Bavarian, Czech, Polish and Ukrainian design.
- Curves became more important than the straight line
Famous architects during the Baroque period include: Carlo Maderno (Italy), Gian Lorenzo Bernini (Italy), Francois Mansart (France) and Christopher Wren (England).
Many of the magnificent Baroque buildings we marvel at during our travels were designed and built by these illustrious architects. Thanks to these visionaries of the past we are still able to visit their creations and explore the history created there.