Columns

In Venice, Florence, and Rome, columns abound, mainly of the Corinthian order.

Columns are a defining feature of classical architecture. The three styles or orders of classical architecture–Doric, Ionic, Corinthian–originated with the Greeks. Like ideas and artifacts from many other cultures, the Romans made them their own.

  • Doric-sturdiest and most severe or plain
  • Ionic-volutes on capital
  • Corinthian-most ornamental with acanthus leaves, and most slender

 

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Column of Phocas at the Roman Forum, Rome

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Ancient Capital at the Roman Forum, Rome

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Ancient Capital at the Roman Forum, Rome

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Ancient Columns at the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina, Roman Forum, Rome

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Ancient Columns at Temple of Hadrian, Rome

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Exterior Columns at the Pantheon, Rome

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Interior Columns at the Pantheon, Rome

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Column at the Pazzi Chapel, Florence

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Columns at the Pazzi Chapel, Florence

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Column at Doge’s Palace, Venice

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Mismatched Columns at Basilica San Marco, Venice

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St. Theodore Column, Venice

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Winged Lion Column, Venice

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