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What does baroque style mean?

What does baroque style mean?


School: Carleton University
Course: History and Theory of Architecture: 1500 to Present
Professor: Michael windover
Term: Spring 2018
Tags: history, and, Theory, Of, Architecture, midterm, study, and guide
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Name: History Theory Midterm Study Guide
Description: This midterm covers all the monuments from the quiz until now plus the concepts.
Uploaded: 02/23/2018
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History/Theory Midterm Study Guide

What does baroque style mean?


o Hardwick hall

 1590

 Architect: Smythson

 Location: United Kingdom

 Patron: Elizabeth, Bess of Hardwick

∙ Ornamentation: “ES” Elizabeth Shrewsbury

∙ Statement of power  

 Prodigy House (Houses bought by excessive wealth instead of giving  this money to the poor or less fortunate)

 Symmetrical (Bilateral symmetry)

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∙ England is almost always raining, wanted as much light as possible ∙ Look out onto the landscape, control of the land

∙ Classical

 Enclosed courtyard

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∙ Bess of Hardwick could come out of dressing room and look down  on guests

 Rooms get bigger as you go up each floor

∙ Bigger rooms = more important ppl

 Long gallery

∙ Filled with windows

∙ Portraits of royal family to show of

∙ Influence from Palladio

o Villa Rotunda

 1570

 Architect: Palladio

 Location: Italy

 Identical sides with temple facades

 Aided wind movement

 Hierarchy: Servants below

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 Usually reserved for temples/churches

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 Almost like a secular temple

 Believed that temples were evolved from houses so it only made  sense to have it the other way around

 Only for special ppl

 Dome in the middle

 Another new idea

 Plan on one page from Palladio’s four books on architecture

 Use of circles and squares to form plan

o Queen’s House

 1616

 Architect: Inigo Jones  

 Location: United Kingdom

 Half of imperial staircase

 Chimneys

 Inverted version of the Palazzo Chiericati

o Banqueting House

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 Architect: Inigo Jones

 Location: United Kingdom

 Appears renaissance, classical

∙ Channeled masonry

∙ Attached columns, Ionic columns

∙ Circular and triangular pediments

∙ Composite columns near top with swags

∙ Causes lighter feel to the top

 Ceiling painting by Rubens

∙ Glazing

∙ Linear, use of square (renaissance), bilateral symmetry, swags  along the top

 Ruben, the painter

∙ Painted in renaissance buildings

 Unique to English renaissance

∙ Fireplaces, loggias

o Covent Garden

 1630

 Architect: Inigo Jones

 Location: London

 Contained the first Anglican church

∙ Referred to Etruscan architecture

∙ Use of Quoin (added stress to the side of the building)

o St.Paul’s Cathedral

 1633

 Architect: Christopher Wren

 Location: London

 New plan is more boring than before

∙ Old plan was too “pope-ish”

 Double dome of final plan (1675-1709)


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∙ Dome also resembles Bramante’s Tempietto

∙ Saucer domes

∙ Lightness emphasized

 Clear, comprehensible space

 Elevation was similar to Banqueting space

 Used flying buttresses to let in light because used fake windows  Similar to the Louvre

∙ Second level minus the dome

 Paid for by the ppl of London

 Last stone was placed on Christopher Wren’s 76th birthday  CW spent 9 months in France

∙ Met Bernini

∙ Took French influences and adapted them in England ∙ Used gothic even though not supposed to

 Double columns = baroque

 Bilateral symmetry

 Double dome plan

∙ Similar to St.Peter’s

∙ To remind ppl of the divine and their size in comparison to the  building but not to dwarf or overwhelm them

o St.Paul’s Church

 1635

 Architect: Inigo Jones

 Location: London

 Great fire

∙ Christopher Wren

∙ Task of rebuilding the city

o Christ Church

 1714

 Architect: Hawksmoor

 Location: London

 Serliana Window (Palladian)

∙ Bottom and middle section of the structure  

∙ Looks like puzzle piece

 Completely white interior

 Protestant/Anglican church

∙ Not as much iconography as the catholic church

∙ Still has a small cross on top

 Inside is filled with light

∙ Ppl could read more, focus on scripture

 Influence of Roman antiquity


o St.Martin-in-the-Fields

 1721

 Architect: James Gibbs

 Location: London

 Very similar to Maison Carree

 Chancel = most holy part of the church

 Galleries on either side

∙ Light filled spaces

 Gothic Spire

 Simplified inside to avoid distractions and focus on scripture  Pulpit: most important part of the church

o Blenheim Palace

 1705

 Architect: John Vanbrugh

 Location: United Kingdom

 Not actually a palace

 John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough

∙ French Defeated at the battle of Blenheim by Churchill ∙ Built at the expense of the royal family

 Symmetrical

 Baroque

∙ Some Italian interest in concave and convex forms

∙ Similar to chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte

∙ Corp de logis

∙ Long gallery (exercise, views onto landscape)

∙ Caryatid characters (similar to the Louvre)

∙ Finial: meant to look like shooting out a cannonball

∙ Excessive glazing (like Hardwick hall)

∙ Lion sculpture tearing apart a rooster (England tearing apart  French)

∙ Chiaroscuro

∙ Bust of Louis XIV as a war trophy

 Landscape, Lancelot “Capability” Brown

∙ Create gently rolling hills

∙ Create extensive water courses and artificial lakes

 Planting of trees in little clumps to guide the eyes

 Ha Ha walls: does its job but does not catch attention of the eye,  discrete

o Chiswick House

 1725

 Architect: Lord Burlington


 Location: London

 Move to neo-palladianism

∙ Rusticated lower base

∙ Octagonal dome with thermal window

∙ Chimneys

∙ Looks like it can support (classical)

∙ Statues of Palladio and Inigo Jones

∙ Relieving Arch: clean, clear, pristine proportions connected with  nobility and nature (right to be ruling)

∙ Bilateral symmetry

∙ Interior is similar to Banqueting Hall

 Landscape plan, London, William Kent

∙ 1727

∙ Follows the landscape of the hill (Edmund Burke’s ideas of beauty) ∙ Follies: Small scale buildings

o Kenwood House

 1769

 Architect: Robert Adams

 Location: Hampstead, London

 Blue=lightness (Similar to Rococo)

 Barrel vault that ends in an apse

∙ Known for the interior

 Robert Adams ‘Ruins of the Palace of Emperor Diocletian at Spalato’ ∙ Added portico to preexisting building

 Adam style or ‘Adamesque’

o Stourhead

 1741

 Architect: Henry Hoare

 Location: Wiltshire, England

 Built for Henry Hoare II and Henry Flitcroft

 Picturesque aesthetic

∙ “all gardening is landscape painting”

∙ Claude Lorraine, Landscaoe with Aeneas at Delos, 1672 ∙ Taking paintings and making them real, placing them in the world

o Strawberry Hill

 1748

 Architect: Horace Walpole

 Location: United Kingdom

 Rebuilt a house that was already there without following Palladian  ideals

 Overgrown Folly, complex and exhilarating composition 5

∙ Hard to pick out features

∙ Reminders of irregular medieval architecture

∙ Coined term ‘Serendipity’

 Narrow passage to front door

 Neo-Gothic

 Wrote first gothic novel

∙ Horace Walpole

∙ The Castle of Otranto, 1764

 Picture gallery

∙ Pendent Vaulting (excessive fan vaults)

∙ Copy of Westminster

 William Beckford was against Walpole’s Strawberry Hills ∙ Wrote his own gothic novel

o Fonthill Abbey

 1796

 Architect: James Wyatt

 Location: United Kingdom

 Neo-Gothic but not picturesque

∙ Sublime: Category of aesthetic experience brought about through  terror or shock, overwhelming experience

∙ Shrinkage feeling as you walk in, height and verticality dwarfs you ∙ Tower cracked and fell from height

∙ Picturesque ruin

o Vierzehnheiligen

 1744

 Architect: Neumann

 Location: Bavaria, Germany

 Appears baroque (convex and concave curves on façade) ∙ Onion domes

∙ Channeled rustication

∙ Ashlar as you move up

 Signaled to pilgrims that the church was there

 Site of miraculous healing

∙ Story of man and 14 babies that appeared as spirits

 Interior

∙ Emphasis on light through stuccos and marble

∙ Pendentive paintings

∙ Columns act as a screen that hides the light source (baroque) ∙ Cartouche: Oval/curved frame

∙ Rich materiality with gold leaf

∙ Movement in the architecture


∙ Enhancing the use of flora (characteristic of Rococo)

 Floor plan

∙ Basilica with baroque influence

∙ Almost anthropomorphic (looks like a human)

∙ Undulating surface

o Wurzburg Residenz

 1720

 Architect: Neumann

 Location: Germany

 Reminds us of Versailles

 Prince Bishop would live here (Religion and politics coming together)  Originally a gate enclosed the space

∙ Seen at Versailles and Blenheim palace

∙ Called Cour d’Honneur

 Pavilions marking the corners

 Play of progression and recession

 Originally painted yellow ochre with grey classical detailing (more  emphasis on architectural details)

 Rebuilt after WW2

 Back is very similar to Vaux-le-Vicomte

∙ Pavilions at two ends

∙ Bulbous middle (Bombay projection)

 Plan

∙ U-form

∙ Open courts for air circulation and light

∙ Stair hall

∙ For prince Bishops so chapel is necessary

 Section

∙ Immense amount of space given to the stair hall

∙ Mezzanine level for servants

 Stair Hall

∙ Slow progression to get to the top

∙ Forcing people to move in a certain type of way for some reason ∙ Fresco above by Giovanni

∙ Entering a new world, needs time to observe

∙ Imperial staircase

∙ Baroque moment with play of infinity

 Imperial hall (Kaisersaal)

∙ Pink marble

∙ Fresco by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

∙ Possible worship of sun king


 White Hall

∙ Antoni Bossi

∙ Contrast

∙ Walls are dripping with stucco

∙ No sense of classical columns

∙ Rococo space

o Salon de la Princesse

 1736

 Architect: Bofrand

 Location: Paris, France

 Inside Hotel Suboise

 Strong example of Rococo Style

∙ Gold on white

∙ Plays on the idea of natural and artificial

∙ Light comes through window

∙ Fresco plays on infinity and the artificial used to create a sense of  nature

 Distinctions between class are breaking down

∙ Middle class may be making their way to the nobility

 Artwork

∙ The Luncheon by Francois Boucher

∙ 1739

∙ Suggestion of intimacy

∙ Cofee (fashionable new drink)

∙ Decorated clock: Lunch at a certain time now

o Amalienburg

 1734

 Architect: Francois de Cuvilies

 Location: Munich, Germany

 Artemis or Diana: gods shown on facade

 Plan

∙ Circular with bulbous projection

∙ Inside toilet (high end for this era)

∙ Dog Kennel

∙ Tile work taken from other cultures

o Ermenonville/Temple of Modern Philosophy

 1770

 Architect: Girardin

 Location: France

 Jardin Anglais


 Taken parts from English landscape

∙ Grounds of Stourhead

 Each Column designated to a diferent philosopher

∙ Rousseau played a key role

∙ Natural space like the garden is “good”

∙ Wants natural goodness is humans

∙ Reason

∙ All ideas associated with the enlightenment

o Pantheon/Ste-Genevieve

 1790

 Architect: Soufflot

 Location: Paris

 Decided to build this for Saint Genevieve

∙ Free standing porch

∙ Corinthian columns

∙ Academic architecture in France

∙ Church part of civic environment (suggested)

∙ Being held up by contemporary engineering (steel rods) ∙ Good rational enlightenment architecture

 Interior

∙ Neo-Classicism in France (Greco-Gothic)

∙ Return to Greco-Roman world

∙ Enlightenment: rational thought

∙ Fluting in columns is immaculate

 Use of flying buttresssalon

∙ Helps stress of dome

∙ Represent cosmos

o School of Surgery

 1774

 Architect: Gondoin

 Location: Paris

 Building for modern medicine

 Screening Wall

∙ Similar to Hotel Particulier

 Arcade

 Triumphal arch as entrance

∙ Studied these in Rome

∙ Marks the way into the public space

∙ Sculpted image of Louis XV

∙ Helping the people of France by having this built (guiding that  actions of the King)


 Reference to the Pantheon and Greek Amphitheatre

 Lecture hall with cofered ceiling and oculus

o Royal Saltworks

 1775

 Architect: Ledoux

 Location: Arc-et-Senans, France

 Origin of the garden city idea

 Semi-Rusticated

 Ledoux has ideas included a river running through a house ∙ Architecture Parlante

∙ Inspector’s house: could test the water without leaving his home ∙ Functionality

∙ Guy living in a pipe

o Cenotaph

 1784

 Architect: Boulee

 Idea

 Monument to enlightenment

 A vision of the night sky, illuminates at night

 Giant Planetarium


o Baroque France

 Focus on ancient past

 All about the absolute monarchy

 Louis XIV

 Divinity of King, divine right to rule, centralization of power  More focused on a crisp and pure classicism (diferent than Italy  with flowy, rich and dynamic style)

 Not inspired by a counter-reformation (unique to Italy)

 More focus on politics

 Focus on monarchy

Italian baroque = focus on religion

French baroque = focus on politics

o The Renaissance in France

 A work of translation from Italy to France

 Had to accommodate for the weather

 Wanted to create a uniquely French style

 Italian ideas onto French medieval buildings


 Looking to the past to complement the present and to create a  future

o The renaissance and baroque period in England

 Henry VIII postponed the renaissance coming to England  1534, Henry split from the catholic church and made the  Anglican church

 1666, The great fire

 Christopher Wren, rebuilt the entire city from the fire, developing  of a new church style

 Too much of a connection between the pope and the  


 Moved away from the gothic, medieval, Romanesque and  Italian/French renaissance, baroque styles

o French Baroque:

 Concave/convex shapes

 Telescoping dome/ High dome

 Cultural exchange

 Reformation/Counter-reformation

 Garden palace-upper class residence (vacation home)

∙ Two stories with grand entrance

∙ Rusticated lower story

∙ Smooth ashlar outside

∙ Projected pavilions (3 jutting out)

o English classicism

 Prodigy house

∙ House built by wealthy families

∙ Long gallery

 Inigo jones went to Italy and studied Palladio

∙ Brought back ideas to England

 Catholic church

∙ Cruciform plans, more for people walking around masses  Anglican church

∙ Focused on the word, oral scripture

o English Baroque

 Architecture adapted to climate, more closed spaces

 Bell towers, paired columns

 Blending Italian Classicism with English tradition

 English spire

o English neoclassicism


 Empiricism

∙ Learning through experience

 Grande tours

∙ Architects went to go “experience” the architecture

∙ Draw everything they see

 English landscapes

∙ Make as natural as possible

∙ Being able to shape the land

∙ ‘Picturesque’

 Ruins appealing to classicism

o Late baroque and Rococo

 Stucco, pastel colors, relation to nature, light, gold leaf,  decoration/ornamentation, marble

 Intimate interiors

 Interest in the international or exotic

 No interest in the classical tradition or orders

 Architecture is hidden behind the décor (artificial)

 Distinction between classes are weakening (middle class to  nobility)

o Neo-Classicism in France

 Response to Rococo (too artificial)

 Rational, tracing architecture back to ancient Rome and Greece  Called Greco-Gothic (using the light and verticality of Gothic  period)

 Representational work

∙ Architecture standing for ideas

 In renaissance humanism had a huge impact on the movement,  in Neo-classicism the enlightenment had a huge impact on it


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