Found project: Karlskirche


    Project : Karlskirche

    Architect : Erlach, Johann Bernhard Fischer von & Erlach, Joseph Emanuel Fischer von

    Completion: 1737

    Locality : Wien

    Country : Austria

    Building style : Baroque

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    Description :

    Fischer von Erlach’s Karlskirche (1716) is a strange, not altogether successful, amalgam of Baroque imagination and classical scholarship. Fischer had spent several formative years in Italy and he remained something of a Roman all his life. His knowledge of classical buildings was profound (he wrote the first history of architecture). In his most scholarly work, the Karlskirche, he employed Trajan’s Column, doubled, to symbolize the emperor’s power, and the portico of Pantheon combined with a dome that looks to Michelangelo or Cortona. The two columns (replicas of Trajan’s Column in Rome) stand for the Habsburg emblem of the Pillars of Hercules, the ancient world’s image for the Straits of Gibraltar, limits of the known world.

    Sutton, Ian: Western Architecture, A Survey from Ancient Greece to the Present, Thames and Hudson, London 1999, pp. 182–183.

    Ed. Heikki Nikkinen



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