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Architectural Styles by Owen Hopkins

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Baroque and Rococo

The Baroque was arguably the first truly international architectural style. Emerging in Rome in the first years of the seventeenth century before spreading to Spain, France, Germany and later England, it reached as far as Scandinavia, Russia and even Latin America. Although manifestations of the Baroque differed according to location and architect, illusion and drama are traditionally seen as its principal characteristics. Extending the classical forms of the Renaissance (see page 52), the Baroque was characterized by bold and powerful massing, sweeping curves, dramatic effects of light and shade, and sumptuous, highly decorated interiors that blurred the boundaries between architecture, painting and sculpture.

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