An Observation & History of Neoclassical Architecture
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The paper describes a tour on culture and antiquities of the Mediterranean area with the purpose of disseminating a Neoclassical interpretation. It is noted that specific reference is given to the Italian architects. The paper further discusses the effect the tour had on the architect's perception of Roman, Etruscan, and Greek architects.
From the Paper:"The architecture Jones saw in Italy would have been influenced by the theories of Sansovino, who died in 1570, and Palladio, who died in 1580. These two architects had provided Venice with a completely new range of visual ideas. Palladio's activities in that city were concentrated in the field of religious architecture. Sansovino worked largely for secular patrons. The two architects therefore complemented one another to a great degree. Sansovino in particular had the ability to assess the particular tastes and needs of his Venetian patrons, while Palladio was more daring and so inspired Venice by his capacity to create striking, memorable, and satisfying visual effects. Both architects "were sensitive to the theatrical character of the city, integrating their buildings into the urban fabric of Venice like pieces of scenery on a stage. Both based their designs on local building types and used the materials best adapted to the physical setting. Gradually their ideas filtered down through the whole spectrum of the city's architecture, to inspire humbler patrons and lesser builders" (Howard 174). However, most of their imitators lacked their understanding of design, and so others merely applied selected motifs to standard local models. On the other hand, some of their more talented successors were more independent and so started to steer Venetian architecture in the direction of the more spacious, rhythmic, flamboyant style known by the convenient, if imprecise, label of Baroque. "
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