Baroque Architect

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Baroque Architect
By Kasuwa Smith

The Baroque period took the Roman view of Renaissance architecture and showed it in a new sculptural fashion. The main view of Baroque architecture was more concerned about color, light and shade, sculptural values and intensity which could be seen in its characteristics. Baroque is defined periods in literature as well as music; however critics perceived it to be unstructured, over ornamented theatrical and grotesque. Although many things influenced the Baroque period it was also influenced by religion as well as the countries politics. Architect were interested in the space of unfolding universe as well as the working of the mind and attempted to portray passion of the soul through facial expression. The features of the Baroque era showed long, narrow naves that were replaced by a broader, or occasionally with circular forms. It displayed dramatic use of the light that could be either light and shade contrast known as chiaroscuro effect; or they used uniform lighting by means of several windows. Another feature was opulent use of ornaments, plaster or stucco, marble or faux finishing, they used large scale ceiling frescoes and Baroque external façade is often characterized by a dramatic central projection, however the interior is often no more than a shell for painting and sculpture which was seen in the late Baroque period. Baroque features also include illusory effects like trompe l’oeil. The blending of painting and architecture are found in other countries such as Bavaria, Czech, Polish, and Ukrainian all which contained the Baroque style pear domes that were beautiful. The main characteristics for the Baroque era were energy, great amounts of tension and a sense of movement from the buildings. Its paintings, sculptures and architectures evolved from mannerism and broke away from the rules of contemporary architecture, they demanded freedom to plan, design and decorate their building with what they

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