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Have you questioned what the variation is among Gothic and Gothic Revival, or easy methods to distinguish among Baroque and Neoclassical? This consultant makes large use of images to spot and clarify the attribute beneficial properties of approximately three hundred constructions. the result's a transparent and easy-to-navigate advisor to making a choice on the main varieties of western structure from the classical age to the current day.

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The pendentive dome, for example, defines St. Mark’s Basilica, which in essence is a Byzantine church. Frequent spoliation from the east also occurred, backed by the mighty Venetian navy. Frari, Venice, 1250–1338 St. Mark’s Basilica, Venice, begun ca. 1063 43 Gothic and Medieval > Secular Gothic Region: Europe, especially northern regions Period: Twelfth to fifteenth century Characteristics: Wooden-framed ceilings; Arcades; Towers and turrets; Irregular plans; Oriel windows; (Pseudo) battlements Through all its phases the Gothic was rarely confined solely to ecclesiastical architecture.

The ground level of the Cancelleria does away with an order on its regularly rusticated ground storey. Above, pilasters frame the windows but not in the simple rhythm used at the Rucellai; the gaps between pilasters that flank windows are wider than those that do not, giving the Cancelleria’s façade a more ordered sense of grandeur. This is further accentuated by the slight projection of the end bays, which serve to terminate the façade elegantly. Each component has its own clearly articulated function within the façade; instead of simply resting on the cornice below, the windows are, for example, given proper sills at the base level of the pilasters.

Annunziata, Florence, begun in 1444, is a complete example, but Giuliano da Sangallo the Elder’s S. Maria delle Carceri is the most perfect of the early iterations. In his incomplete Tempio Malatestiano in Rimini, Alberti attempted to employ the Roman triumphal arch motif in church architecture. He succeeded in doing so at the slightly later S. Andrea, Mantua, in which he used various Roman features, notably the coffered barrel vault, to reconcile its essentially longitudinal space with his preferred centralized ideal.

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