Circa 1700: Architecture in Europe and the Americas

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Overview


The years around 1700 were marked by transformations in European and colonial capital cities. This era saw the creation not only of palatial complexes and urban spaces appropriate to autocratic power, but also of essential infrastructure such as roads, ports, and fortifications. In addition, many of the civic structures and background buildings that form the familiar urban images of the eighteenth century date from this period. In all of this activity, architects and architectural ideas, formed mostly in Italy and influenced by the baroque architecture of Rome, especially the late works of Francesco Borromini and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, played a central role.
Twelve distinguished contributors provide a comprehensive look at the design, renewal, and expansion of capitals and countries including Naples, Rome, Vienna, Stockholm, Saint Petersburg, England, Amsterdam, Cádiz, Lisbon, Quebec City, and Lima. The result is a fascinating cross section that allows a comparative reading of baroque architecture: from country to country, from region to region, and from the Old World to the New.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300114751
  • Publisher: National Gallery of Art
  • Publication date: 3/8/2006
  • Series: Studies in the History of Art Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Henry A. Millon is dean emeritus of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art. His previous books include Italian Renaissance Architecture: From Brunelleschi to Michelangelo and The Triumph of the Baroque: Architecture in Europe 1600–1750.
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Table of Contents

The architecture of Naples in the eighteenth century 17
Middle-class Rome : from the Baroque city to the European capital 37
"Vienna Gloriosa" : architectural trends and patrons 47
The construction of autocracy : Nicodemus Tessin the Younger and the architecture of Stockholm 65
The founding of Saint Petersburg and the history of Russian architecture 79
Wren, Vanbrugh, Hawksmoor, and Archer : the search for an English Baroque 99
Amsterdam 1700 : urban space and public buildings 119
From Madrid to Cadiz : the last Baroque cathedral for the new economic capital of Spain 139
Lisbon's waterfront image as an allegory of Baroque urban aesthetics 161
Robert de Villeneuve and the representatin of Quebec City at the end of the seventeenth century 187
From fountain to bridge : Baroque projects and Hispanism in Lima 207
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