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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.
|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|