Venice Revisited 6

June 30, 2008  •  Leave a Comment
Venice is a city with many architectural syles. It's a city of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles all mixed together. The Baroque was a style of elaborate decorations, with many elements added to churches to attract the eye and draw in the visitor. The picture below of the sculptural details on this church is a example of this visual "overload".


Walking through the arched passage way next to St. Mark's square I noticed how the arches created a set of frames through which you'd see glimpses of the square beyond and the buildings across the square. So, while walking to another sightseeing attraction I quickly shot of these two photos. I don't think these would be quite as interesting without the people whose silhouettes give an animation and a scale to the architecturally elements. This, I think, is an good example of that much repeated principal of human scaled architecture, referring to a set of proportions that relate to the size of humans, thus creating an architectural space, or building, that seems more hospitable to humans



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