Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Tracing the Cartouche

The Church of the Gesù’s Façade was the start of the baroque movement. Its fundamental elements can be traced through the entire period and many regions. For example the buildings' cartouche, figure in the shape of an oval, can be traced from Rome to Spain, France, England, Portugal, Germany, and Eastern Europe.

Balthasar Neumann, Vierzehnheiligen, 1743-72, Bamberg, façade

Eastern Europe
Cathedral of Saint Lawrence, Prague, 1780, K. I. Dientzenhofer, façade

Conrad Rudolf: Valencia Cathedral Valencia, 1713, façade

Niccolo Nasoni, Dos Clerigos Church and Tower, Oporto, 1732-50, façade

Francois Mansart, Chateau de Maisons, garden façade, Maisons-lafitte, 1641-50

Bluecoat Chambers, Liverpool, 1717. Architect unknown, façade

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