Tuesday, April 6, 2010

New World Architecture

From the 16th to the 18th centuries, two types of architectural design dominated the New World (Latinoamerica):  Renaissance and Baroque.

Renaissance
This type of architecture was sensual and exhibited elements of harmony and equilibrium.  It was also very symmetric and proportional which translated into a type of peaceful serenity.
Renaissance Architecture - Merida Cathedral, Mexico

Baroque
The Baroque architecture in the New World was extravagant, ornamental, and full of contrasts and oppositions.  This was a period in time when there was a definite tension exhibited between worldly things and religious things.
Baroque Architecture - the St Francis Xavier Church in Tepotzotl√°n, Mexico

Personally, I prefer the more serene Renaissance style.  However, there is definitely something to be appreciated in the gaudy Baroque, as well.



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