Baroque architecture boggles the imagination. It is characterized by diversified intricate non-rectilinear shapes and spatial scope. Baroque is distinguished by the richness of the stucco mouldings, a great number of sculptures on the facades and in the interior, the abundance of columns and pilasters.
Baroque inherited the shapes from the Revival, but significantly surpassed it with respect to architectural complexity and multifacetedness. Baroque architecture is distinguished by large-scale collonnades, a fair amount of sculptures both on the facade and in the interior, volutes, abundance of pilasters and columns. Atlantes, caryatids and mascarons are common. In baroque every detail is part of a big composition.
Baroque architecture is characterized by the following key features — monumentalism, presentability and picturesqueness of elements. The dynamics of complex geometric shapes and the outer appearance (exterior and interior), as well as challenging scale contrasts, together with the endless diversity of compositions and decorations literally boggle the mind.
Baroque architecture harmoniously combines sculpture and oil painting, actively using the effects of light and shade, domes, massive vaults and collonnades, placing a premium on the axis and symmetry. Instead of balance proportions complex constructions and odd shapes are preferred.