Response08 : Baroque&Erotic architecture – What do you feel about Baroque?

It has been a while now that we’re talking and analyzing about what is ‘Erotic architecture’. But I think there’s no one can define what is it yet, since its very particular, individual and different up to people. For me erotic is similar with romantic but more of passion and desire feeling. In terms of architecture I think it must gives people feeling of seduction or fascination to come closer and get lost in your imagination that created from what you senses, not just seduce or imagine but also something mysterious and curious.

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Baroque begun in late 16th century in Italy, Its express the wealth, emotions and power of the Catholic church. The style is about complicated shapes, large curved forms, opulent use of color and ornaments. Facades were acting as the mediation between internal and external spaces. For example Sant’Andrea al Quirinale church in Rome (1658-1671) where the interior- exterior are linked by the colonnade and projecting porch. As well as dramatic architectural elements on the facade that seducing people to come inside, like San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane (1638-1641) façade. It is curved, concaved surfaces and full of ornaments. For the interior Baroque made people curious and fancy by using illusory effects like Trompe l’oeil to blending the paintings and architecture. The dramatic use of light also gives romantic and mysterious feeling.

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By all of these features I think Baroque is a good way to express the erotic feeling through architecture since everything in the building can made people lost and be infatuated. Every details of the Baroque church made us stop and slowly looking through the sculptures, think and imagine through the paintings and unconsciously we experiencing and absorbing it. This became the interaction of architecture and human, spaces become alive, people start to understand and touch the true meaning of the building, without knowing …two things are connected.

Response07 : Early Renaissance – the greatest historical period

Renaissance was one of the greatest historical periods. It’s the golden age for the Italians after the dark ages. The word Renaissance derived from the term ‘la rinascita’ which means rebirth. Renaissance was a time of flourish and new innovations started in 14th – 16th centuries in different regions of Europe; there were advances in art, architecture, philosophy, religion, government, and many other fields.  This time of period was euphoric at the idea of new theories and a wide variety of achievements.

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In architecture, Renaissance style was emphasis on geometry, symmetry and proportion since the architects seem to have truly believed that “ Man is the measure of all things.” They believed that man was made in the image of god, so it was believed the proportions exemplified in the human form would reflect a divine and cosmic order like the Vitruvius man. From this belief, in the time of Quattrocento or early Renaissance architectures focus on the simple geometries such as circles and squares – which are the shape derived from the Vitruvius man. They organized the space by proportional logic, its form and rhythm subject to geometry, rather than being created by intuition. The most important example of this is The Basilica di san Lorenzo by Fillippo Brunelleschi, Santa Maria Novella and Basilica di San Andrea by Leon Alberti.

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Personally Renaissance is my all time favorite era since it’s the golden age of everything. It is like the rebirth time of old beliefs, thoughts and inspiration for new discoveries. The majority of things that were invented are now the basis of our modern day beliefs and systems in almost every field such mathematics, medical, art, science, astronomy, politics and architecture. So for me I think to study the Renaissance architecture is like we go back and look how amazing system and though that the masters used to create a great buildings to the world, and also is to remind that we, human should always explore and use our creativity and imagination to create something new not for ourselves but for the world.