Illusionistic relief as a design technique in the modern facades. Time of the Baroque

Bogna Ludwig



The article presents the use of techniques borrowed from sculpture – bas- to high-reliefs in architectural projects in the time of Baroque. The technique of illusionistic relief was the invention of the Renaissance. However, all its possibilities were not exploited sooner than by the Baroque designers. The Baroque artists operated with a range of all intensity of shadow, creating the different values of the chiaroscuro spots and any effects of modelling drawing on the facade. They connected the illusionistic techniques, starting with replacing the architecture by painting, by use of the optical illusion, anamorphoses up to making a kind of scenographic models.

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