Renaissance Classical architecture
Renaissance architecture, Renaissance Classical architecture
The architectural style developed in early 15th cent. Italy during the rebirth (rinascimento) of classical art and learning. It succeeded the Gothic as the style dominant in all of Europe after the mid-16th cent., and evolved through the Mannerist phase into Baroque and in the early 17th cent. into classicism. Initially characterized by the use of the classical orders, round arches, and symmetrical composition.
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