Art and architecture have long influenced each other throughout history.
The unique architectural designs have inspired artists and made their way into paintings throughout history, such as Van Gogh’s café balcony at night or Hans Friedemann de Vries’ fountain in the palace courtyard.
The opposite is also true: artistic movements have inspired architectural designs that still exist today.
So, below we will present some of the architectural wonders whose design was originally inspired by an artistic movement during the time period of their construction.
Casa Batllo, Spain
Designed by architect Antoni Gaudí, Casa Batlló was heavily inspired by the Art Nouveau movement.
The Art Nouveau movement is an artistic movement that inspired art and architecture from 1890 until World War I.
The movement was characterized by organic, complex designs with ornate interiors and extravagant treatments.
Located on the Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona, Casa Batlló is a design reminiscent of the legend of Saint George and the Dragon with its colorful pieces of broken ceramic and scale-like ceiling tiles.
Palace of Versailles, France
The design of the famous Palace of Versailles was partly inspired by the Baroque art movement (also known as Baroque architecture).
The Baroque style, which was a popular art and architectural style from 1600 until the 1740s, was
Known for its vivid detail and exaggerated movement used to display drama, emotion, or grandeur.
Both the marble tiles of the Palace of Versailles and the facade of the first palace were designed by the French Baroque architects, Louis Le Vau and Jules Hardouin-Mansart.
Chrysler Building, USA
The Chrysler Building, located in New York City, United States,
was influenced by the Art Deco movement that arose in the 1920s in Western Europe and the United States.
This artistic and architectural movement was known for its elegant, modern designs that emphasized symmetry and simplicity.
The influence of this movement can be seen in the decorative metal cladding on the facade,
the steel trim, and the African red granite interiors.
Cologne Cathedral, Germany
Aside from being the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe, the design of Cologne Cathedral in Germany was influenced by Gothic art.
This architectural and artistic movement originated in the Middle Ages in France
It was known for architectural features such as barrel and ribbed vaults, tracery, ornate windows, pointed arches, and heavy stonework.
Cologne Cathedral was built to include many of the essential Gothic elements of the time including stained glass windows, flying buttresses, tall towers, and high-ceilinged vaults.
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