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Italian Baroque Architecture

Italian Baroque Architecture

Author: Aleisha Olson

This lesson will introduce the art of the Baroque period in Italy.

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This lesson discusses examples of Italian Baroque architecture, focusing on the Baldacchino, Façade, and Piazza of St. Peter's Basilica, and the Façade of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane.

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A permanent ornamental canopy that is either supported by columns or hanging over an altar.


A central square in an Italian town or city.



Image of Bernini, Baldacchino of St Peter’s, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bernini_Baldachino.jpg; Image of Maderno, Facade of St Peter’s, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Basilica_di_San_Pietro_front_(MM).jpg; Image of Bernini, Piazza of St Peter’s, Creative Commons via David ILIFF, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:St_Peter%27s_Square,_Vatican_City_-_April_2007.jpg; Image of Borromini, Facade of San Carlo alle Quattro, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:SanCarlino-Facciata01-SteO153.JPG