This must have been one of the stupidest things ever built in New York — and the Villa Giulia in Rome

27 May

Thank God the trend didn’t last too long. And Mannerism was a more elaborate or even whimsical branch of the Baroque that it grew out of and co-existed with, built on — and playing with — the time-layers of the accumulated tradition of everything that had come before it in the Christian Mediterranean world. Not the random popping of a Chippendale decorative element on a perfectly banal 70s skyscraper.

And these are the Agnes Crawford @understandrome photos of the Mannerist jewel of the Villa Giulia in Rome that prompted Aegean @sterlingbaht‘s observation. Damn…

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