architecture of the world through art            Benjamin Sandfoss

This gallery includes images of buildings throughout time and geography showing how religion and perspective play a role. Depending on what part of the world you are from will dictate what kind of architecture the buildings will use. Too many times buildings get overlooked as the art they truly are, and the beauty in how the heritage of a region can be seen within the details of the architecture.  

This oil painting is of the Tower of Babel depicted in the Bible as a tower to show off as an achievement and to keep all of the people together. In the lower left corner is Nimrod, who was said to have been the one to order the construction of the tower. You can see this early use of perspective is used to show the size of the tower as it can been seen from what looks like every corner of the world. You can also see the early use of arches within the tower, which was common back then. No one knows what the tower looked like so to say it used arches is a mystery.
This painting portrays the early 16th century appearance of the architectural change that was the fantastic representation of cities and buildings that portrayed perspective as it would be seen from the human eye. This can be seen with the never ending arch tunnels that are located in the middle along with the building on the left that shows off the classical construction that is northern Italy.
This painting is of St. Paul’s Cathedral in the city of London in 1720 and took over 45 years to complete. This cathedral is one of the most famous and recognizable buildings in London still to this day, with a dome that is amongst the highest in the world. You can see how the perspective has changed through time with becoming far more complicated and not just centered as depicted before. The cathedral stands out with buildings that look dwarf behind it and the people appear as ants walking into it. With the help from the Greek style pillars and the uses of a dome, you can see many cultures coming together to form this beautiful cathedral.
This painting is of an old historical first century Claudia aqueduct that was once used to move water to the Palatine Hill. Perspective is used to show off the great scale of these Roman aqueducts. You don't get a feel of how huge there are until to see the people in the lower left corner. This is built in a traditional Roman fashion with a symmetry design and use of grand arches, even as a ruin it still gives off a grand Roman feeling.
This illustration is of the Crystal Palace, located in London with Queen Victoria opening the Universal Exhibition. The whole building was made from glass and cast iron, making the place completely transparent. With the help of perspective you can truly see how grand all of it was, and at the time a marvel of invention. This design went on to influence many different regions and is still used today with many modern buildings.
This painting is a depiction of a busy day of one of Venice’s minor canals on the San Lorenzo River. On both sides of the canal there are different kinds of structures with homes businesses and even what looks like to be a church in the background. You can see the culture of the region having great influence in the architecture with the use of clay roof tiles and shutters being the biggest take away. The use of perspective shows off how the canals are used as the highways of the time, another thing that makes this region special.
This painting shows Native Americans performing a sunset ceremony dance within their town. With the help of perspective and color you can see how they are living within nature as everything is blended together and with the help of their architect the buildings blend right in with the mountain behind them. This is a great example of how the Native Americans use to build their homes out of mud.
This 1929 depiction is an antique advertisement that focuses on the Helmsley skyscraper that is located downtown Manhattan. The building is shown as an architectural masterpiece with spot lights shooting up to draw the viewer's eyes up at the grand tower of the building that is lit up as bright as the lights on the streets that show off the hustle of the cars as they are coming and going. Perspective is used in this picture as it would be in an ancient Greek painting with the use of center perspective giving off an authoritative power as the smaller buildings look up at it. This is a great show of American architecture as the building gives off a feeling of great power and success that the United States in known for, especially New York City.
In this painting you get a feeling that you are familiar with this place along with a foreign feeling that you have never been here before. It depicts an American street with just enough detail that the viewer can connect with it while leaving out any major details that may feel foreign and disconnecting. Just houses, trees, cars, and a light post. The use of perspective is used to help connect the viewer who might be from a small town as you can see the church towers off in the distance. The use of traditional American architect can be seen in the homes that run along the street with nothing that pops out and takes center attention.
In this watercolor it shows us a slum in downtown Hong Kong, as it is towered over by huge skyscrapers. This building it being over shadowed by the future of the growing city around it as the shadow creeps over it from the left side. The perspective used in this watercolor shows us that this is a building that is just waiting to be destroyed and turned into another generic office building. The architecture of the building is all over the place and is not a representative of this country's history, but rather just another simple cheap building that is falling apart. The uses of dull colors gives off a sad hopeless emotion that makes you feel for the people inside.
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