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I have had a life-long love affair with dollhouse miniatures, and careers in art education and interior design. I hope to combine these life experiences to help other miniature enthusiasts get more out of this wonderful hobby we enjoy, a hobby that often reaches the level of an art form. Susan Downing

Posted on 12 October, 2016


Maureen Caelli’s Baroque Italianate Palazzo Dolls House

Baroque Exteriors

Baroque architects thought of a building as a kind of giant sculpture, a single mass to be shaped according to their requirements. The idea of movement was also an important element, achieved by the use curves and counter-curves, which became a dominant motif. Facades utilized columns, pilasters, cornices, or pediments, all of which must appear as a cohesive whole, obeying the strict laws of symmetry.

Vaults, Arches and Buttresses


Spanish Baroque entrance to a government building in Madrid

Churches and palaces of the period had vaulted ceilings, supported by a collection of arches. Since arches tend to exert an outward pressure on their supporting walls, buttresses acted as a counter-thrust. To avoid being accused of utilizing a throwback to the “barbaric” Gothic period, Baroque architects concealed buttress in stone scrollwork and other ornamentation used in interiors to hide structural elements.

North vs. South

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George Lord “Little House, Second Empire Baroque Home (1860-1880)

The Baroque rapidly developed into two separate forms. In the Protestant countries and France, which sought the spirit through the mind, architecture was more geometric, formal, and precise–an appeal to the intellect. In the Roman Catholic south, buildings were more involved, freer, and done with a greater artistic license–an appeal to the spirit made through the senses.

Architectural Elements

A dramatic central projection often characterized an external facade

Curves replaced straight lines of the Renaissance, mainly on the horizontal plane

Statues in alcoves and on the roofline

Scrollwork and curlicue ornamentation


Tricks in perspective made buildings look larger.

Multiple window-and-door designs, but always in symmetrical placement


You might be interested in my article on Baroque Interiors.


Susan Downing, with Patrick Owens


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Posted by Susan Downing

Categories: Baroque, exteriors

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