The expressive universe of Europe up until 1760, documented in a selection of architectural examples in France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Russia and England.
[Late Baroque Architecture] In the century of the Enlightenment experience was posited as the only possible cognitive method, revolutionizing the terms of traditional thought. Nevertheless, the old forms were not forgotten, and as far as 1760 architecture evolved from the Baroque language to the rich vocabulary of the Late Baroque and Rococo. The book analyzes the new image of the landscape as it developed over the course of the 18th century in relation to major urban transformation. Much of the text is devoted to the typology of the “church”, with particular attention to the interpretations developed in central Europe and Piedmont, where the Late Baroque language met with a masterful exponent in the figure of Bernardo Vittone. The other major typological theme is that of the “palace”, analyzed here in its many variants in France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Russia and England. The book concludes with a fine overview of the variety of 18th-century architecture.