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Ornament, architectural
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Architectural ornament includes all sculptural decorative forms placed on architecture. The definition given by Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472) is indicative, drawing on Roman antiquity to define the column not merely as an element giving tectonic support but also as the highest-ranking ornament [1] (cf. fig. 1). Together with the entablature and pedestal, the column constituted the classical order. Other elements of architectural ornament included cornices, pediment decorations, volutes, balusters, vases, coats of arms and heraldic badges, sh…

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Syndikus, Candida, “Ornament, architectural”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 28 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_017392>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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