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S. Ivo della Sapienza
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Architect Frencesco Borromini
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Location Rome, Italy   map
Date 1642 to 1650   timeline
Building Type church
 Construction System masonry
Climate mediterranean
Context urban
Style Baroque
Notes Church of the University of Rome
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Discussion S. Ivo della Sapienza Commentary

The small church of S. Ivo alla Sapienza, built at the end of the courtyard of the Palazzo della Sapienza, is one of the great Baroque buildings.

"It has a central ground plan, in the form of a hexagon of 6 triangles, contained, as it were, within a circle, with concave and convex walls. This variety of line was unified by giant pilasters and by a high cornice, given great emphasis. The pilasters continue upwards in the moulding of the dome: thus in the lower part of the cupola the plan of the church is echoed, while at the top, below the lantern, the form is circular, making the vertical thrust almost awesome; in this reduction from multiplicity to unity, from variety to the simplicity of the circle, lies much of the fascination of this church: geometrical succinctness and inexhaustible imagination, technical skill and religious symbolism, have rarely found such a reconciliation (Wittkower)."

— Renzo Salvadori, Architect's Guide to Rome, p. 108.

Resources
Sources on S. Ivo della Sapienza

Pierre Charpentrat. Living Architecture: Baroque. London: Oldbourne Book Co., 1967. NA1116.C513. plan drawing, p17-18. section drawing, p18.

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. symmetry diagram, p177. — Updated edition available at Amazon.com

Christian Norberg-Schulz. Baroque Architecture. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1986. ISBN 08478-0693-6. LC 85-30011. NA590.N6. axonometric drawing, f143, p112.

Paolo Portoghesi. Francesco Borromini. Milano: Electa, 1967. NA1123.B6P625. spire detail drawing, plate LVI. section drawing, p159. plan drawing, fig46.

Duane Siegrist, University of Oregon. Slide from photographer's collection, July 1993. PCD.3236.1011.0837.036.

Alene Stickles, University of Oregon. Slide from photographer's collection, July 1993. PCD.3189.1011.1916.077. PCD.3189.1011.1916.074

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.—

 


 

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