Anna Belleforte

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ornate architectural details as subject

Posted by Anna Belleforte on April 25, 2018 at 3:30 AM

I love how every city has its frivolous bits, usually built by 19th century architectural enthusiasts, who knew no limits when piling on the decorative icing. Being an ‘Empire‘ city, Budapest has its fair share, and on a grand scale. The Fisherman’s Bastion on Castle Hill is one such bit. What’s not to love about all that excess? The arches, twisting columns, crenulations, pointy domes, creamy stone… And then the views over the Danube, Parliament and Pest. Makes me want to resume my Aerials series.

Many of the city’s buildings are so ornamented that sketching/painting these details becomes too much, and can steal the focus. I mean, the architectural detailing is so specific that the narrative of a painting can become about that, and I don’t want it to. There’s no denying though that Budapest (or perhaps Hungarian?) architecture is very much about embellishment. In all the classically inspired buildings, it’s never restrained, there is always a Baroque quality to it.

#monumentenzorg #buildingconservation #historicpreservation #architecture #Budapest

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