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French Baroque Architecture – What?

French interior design may seem quirky for some people because they feel that there are difficult rules to follow. But if you would only spend more time reading about this style, then you’ll learn that it is less pretentious and that you will be able even mix in your own style.

The Georgian era which traces back its history from 1714 to 1830, was the time when most of the Georgian structures were made. The prime rulers of this era were George I, George II, George IV, and George III and all of them had a very ostentatious taste for architecture. Before them, British architecture was dominated by great architects like Sir John Vanbrugh, Thomas Archer, and James Gibbs, who basically followed the Baroque style. Although Georgian architects planned to rebuild existing towns and cities, the scope was very limited. So, when England prospered at the end of the 17th and early eighteenth century, new towns were formed, providing an opportunity for framing new structures of Georgian architecture. During the process, the architects constructed at least one fine Georgian church in each town, with their classical facades, spacious altars, tall steeples, and transepts, gleaming white exteriors, and many tall windows.

This style was influenced by architectural styles from all of the world including Chinoiserie, Pallandialism, and Mughal, rendering Britain’s growing presence as a world power. An amalgamation of all these styles augmented with the classical Gothic touch, and a whole new approach, resulted in what we regard today as Georgian architecture. Collen Campbell, who was one of the principal architects of this style, openly challenged the architectures of very popular Cristopher Wren, calling them ‘foreign ‘, as they were dominated by the French style. He was the man who came up with the creation of ‘National taste’ for English people and was followed by many famous architects like Robert Adams, Henry Holland, and Thomas Archer, who proved to be the cornerstones of this kind of architecture.

Under decoration should make you a French design expert. The first rule is fairly simple-just leave the walls bare, meaning, without the usual family pictures and ornaments.

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Use simple fabrics as well. Stick to cotton duck, raw linen, and cheesecloth. Say goodbye to frills, floral fabrics, ruffles, and tasseled fringes. If you have to have baroque curves, make certain that you use them with straight lines.

If you happen to have a Louis XV chair, then don’t hesitate to invest in more antique pieces. To achieve a stark contrast, you can use modernist, simple contemporary or minimalist pieces. An example is when you balance baroque elements with streamlined contemporary sofa.

You may also use gold colors, on the other tip of the spectrum. While going bare is acceptable, being bold is deemed to be more than satisfactory.

One of the striking things about French interior design is the way it can effectively blend the country with court, the departing and new, the intricate with the clean-cut, and the old with contemporary pieces. A bare fireplace can be used as the background to a lovely set of antique chairs.

Just picture the pretty castles in France-the majority of them come, if not all, come with painted ceilings. Intricate ceiling designs were used to evoke power and wealth. Use this same principle in your home. Make your French interiors look beautiful with painted ceilings in sky blue and gold or quite simply – all gold.

If you’re not a fan of gold or any other bold color, then you can always settle with black. Just make sure to echo this same color in other design elements throughout the room so that you will be able still unify the room’s look.

If you have high ceilings, then darker paint is advisable so that your home won’t appear imposing. Adding darker hues can also add a great deal of drama in a room.

The French style can be pretty daunting to the inexperienced. You would not want to go wrong and appear pretentious with this type of design. An interior designer is supposed to gain access to many resources and various types of design tools. He has ample know-how and skills, even experience, to back his project. He should likewise know the computer programs that will provide you aid in turning a common home to a real French beauty.

If you’re not prepared to let any other hand touch your French interior design project, then you can still take a class about French architecture and interior design. There are online classes that can give you usable ideas which can inspire you to stage your very own French interiors.

Parthenon – Reality Check

Many people might think that the Olympics is an event that has been invented by the more modern generation of man. What they don’t just know that the Olympics have been around for thousands of years. Back in ancient Greece there was a festival held to honor the gods, more importantly the king of the gods, Zeus.

This Festival was called the Olympic games. They were held every four years, it was the largest event around. Peace treaties were established, and safe passage was guaranteed to all those who wished to participate. This not only gave the people something to look forward to, but also unified Greece and brought the people nearer to each other.

The games were held in Olympia (hence the name: the Olympics) and they were played out in a vast bowl. Next to the arena was a location that had temples in order that the people could go and worship the gods. The only problem was that, because the games grew in popularity, people begun to understand that the temple was not worthy of their king of the gods. A nicer, newer one was built, as they didn’t want to disgrace Zeus in front of all the people who came.

Random Mind Blab About Parthenon

They started building the new temple around 470 B.C. But it was not until 456 B.C. that the new temple was completed. It was beautiful to behold, a masterpiece that could make the gods proud. It was called the Temple of Zeus.

There was still a problem though. Many people still felt that the new temple was too empty, to plain to be worthy of Zeus, and because of this, they agreed to add a statue; a statue that would become one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

They picked a sculptor named Phidias. He had experience in the construction and decorating temples. One of the temples that he decorated was the Parthenon in Athens, where he built a forty-foot statue of the goddess Athena. He set out immediately to start his work after being called to Olympia for such a huge task.

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Acropolis sits atop a 150 metre plateau overlooking modern-day Athens. The existing Parthenon was constructed during the Golden Age of Athens between 460 – 430 B. C and although it’s the most instantly recognisable building on the Acropolis, it is far from the only one. Other iconic structures include the Old Temple of Athena, the Temple of Athena Nike and many other impressive buildings, statues and ruins, including the spectacular Erectheum-featuring six robed female statues as supporting columns.

It was immense, and was placed in the western end of the temple. It was 23 feet wide and 40 feet tall. It has been criticized for being so big. One historian noted that if Zeus should try to get up then his head would go right through the ceiling of the temple.

Evidently some people thought that Phidias didn’t pay heed to the proper proportions in making it about as big as the temple itself. Others say that it’s a magnificent thing that he did in making Zeus larger than life, as it gave the impression of the might that Zeus possessed.

Correct proportions or not, it was a masterpiece in design. Zeus, in his right hand holds a statuette representing victory, and in his left hand he holds a scepter that had been inlaid with each type of metal. Perched on the upper part of the scepter is an eagle. It was not only the statue that impressed people with the throne was equally remarkable as the statue itself. It was made out of gold and ivory, and into the throne there were carved figures of Greek gods and mystical animals.

All her statues, except some, have a spear or a staff members in the right hand, and the left hand either holds an owl or a shield or in extremely rare instances, a spindle.

When Phidias returned home, he got into trouble, because Phidias was a close friend to the ruler of Athens. The enemies of that ruler took out his friends because they couldn’t go to the ruler himself. Phidias was arrested for stealing gold that was designed to be used on the statue in Athens. But they couldn’t prove he was guilty as they had no evidence. So they came up with something else. They claimed that he had carved his face into the sculpture at the Parthenon. Phidias was thrown in prison and he soon died awaiting trial.

The master might have died but his masterpiece did not. Zeus remained on his throne for many years, looking after the Olympic Games that brought nations together.