Art History- Renaissance and Baroque Architecture, St Ivo Borromini

Art History- Renaissance and Baroque Architecture, St Ivo Borromini

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Art History: Renaissance and Baroque Architecture Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza, Borromini, 1632/41, Rome Built for the university Church of Rome Palace and courtyard pre-existing Construction under Pope Urban VIII-Alexander VII Borromini built original scheme o Concave and convex Exterior: read as a two storey sequence of pilasters dictated by pre-existing building o Dome with scallop shape segments o Flaming crown and cross o Scheme ends with spiral lantern o Crown: image of St. Ives Plan based with geometric shapes and triangles o Star hexagon complex 18 giant pilasters carrying unbroken entablature / orderly progression Interior: high altar with concave curve shape o Perfect harmony is achieved between upper and lower storeys: drumless dome rises, star hexagon of its plan gradually becomes less pronounced until all complexity is resolved in a circular rim of the lantern o Light floods interior from lantern and six windows o Luminosity reinforces upward thrusting motion of pilasters and ribs of vault
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