Nexus Network Journal

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 183–206

The Geometric Principles of Warped Rib Vaults in Central European Baroque Architecture from Guarini to the Dientzenhofer Family and Balthasar Neumann

  • Víctor Compán
  • Margarita Cámara
  • Francisco González de Canales
Research

DOI: 10.1007/s00004-014-0228-2

Cite this article as:
Compán, V., Cámara, M. & González de Canales, F. Nexus Netw J (2015) 17: 183. doi:10.1007/s00004-014-0228-2

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to identify the processes that brought about the development of the innovative continuous surfaces that shelter some of the masterpieces of Central European Baroque architecture. In order to achieve this, an evolutionary analysis is presented. It begins with some of the premises of Baroque architecture, the precedents of which can be found in the works and geometric studies of Guarino Guarini. This is followed by a study of the works of the Dientzenhofer family and Balthasar Neumann, underlining the principles behind and the description of warped ribs, which appear in their designs for the first time in architecture history, and which enabled the construction of their complex vault structures.

Keywords

Central European Baroque architecture Guarino Guarini Dientzenhofer Balthasar Neumann Warped rib Brick masonry structures 

Copyright information

© Kim Williams Books, Turin 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Víctor Compán
    • 1
  • Margarita Cámara
    • 1
  • Francisco González de Canales
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Building Structures and Ground Engineering, E.T.S.A.S. School of ArchitectureUniversity of SevilleSevilleSpain
  2. 2.Department of Architectural History, Theory and Composition, E.T.S.A.S. School of ArchitectureUniversity of SevilleSevilleSpain

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