a pilaster typical of Latin American, especially Mexican, late baroque architecture of the “ultrabaroque” style. The estípite is characterized by complex profile and a sumptuous variety of decorative trimming. It is made up of small forms that seem to be piled on one another. The estípite developed as a part of carved wooden retables; its use became widespread in 18th century stone architecture.


Villegas, V. M. El gran signo formal del barroco: Ensayo histórico del apoyo estípite. Mexico City, 1956.


In Spanish and Latin-American Mannerist architecture and derivatives, a shaft of square cross section, tapering downward, frequently combined with other unusual elements, the whole used like an order.
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