Monday, March 23, 2009

Column Headings

What’s the significance of a column heading? If you look at the buildings surrounding Konigsplatz, you would say that the architect, Leo Von Klenze, was taking full advantage of the decorative elements of each of the Greek column styles to bring all of the buildings in balance. Each buildings boasts different styles of Greek columns. The most spectacular of the three buildings, the temple at Konigsplatz (at the base of this photo) uses Doric columns, which lie flat at the base and top and are by far the most plain. The Glyptotek, shown in the distance is still attractive, but utilizes a slightly more decorative column – the Ionic which shows two curly cue decorative elements at the top. The least attractive of the buildings, the archaeological museum, really has an inferiority complex next to the other structural gems, so it leverages the most decorative of all Greek columns, the Corinthian style which is lined with floral decorations.

2 comments:

Babooshka said...

Interesting point of and definitely makes you see the image in a different way.

Linnea W said...

I can never remember what all those different kinds of columns are supposed to look like! But your photo is spectacular with the lovely lighting and the other building in the background. Your blog is great. My mother is from Munich and I've spent a lot of time there. I used to live in Marquartstein, a small village, to the southeast. Wonderful area to be in now. Hi from sunny California...