Thanks to Alison’s comment on my recent San Carlo sketch I did a little research on Bernini’s Sant Andrea al Quirinale. It’s amazing that these two Baroque oval churches by rivals Borromini and Bernini are so close to each other – located on the same road. In 2019 when I was in Rome prior to the Palladian Odyssey tours, Mike Botton and I went from San Carlo to Sant Andrea and then visited the Pantheon in one morning and it was great to compare all three like that.
I strongly prefer Borromini’s building, but S. Andrea has a lot of amazing design features. I really like the facade but not so keen on all the red marble, gold and sculpture inside. Too over the top! So it was nice to do a simple line drawing of the interior so that I could describe the architectural design with all the richness of the materials and decorations. (It’s interesting that I didn’t sketch S. Andrea at all during my 9 day sketching visit to Rome in 2010.)
As a result of doing this page last night I spent a little time this morning going through some old work. Some of you will remember the architectural drawings I did from a trip to the UK in 2000 (see here, here and here)… well I did the same for my visit trip to Rome and Florence in 2004, once again creating a number of drawings to describe the design of every building I visited – including elevations like this one…
and notated plans…
and a few simple diagrams to describe the main volumes.
But I didn’t just do these drawings, I added them into my ‘photo album’ along with my photos and lots of text describing each building I visited.
Here are the pages of S. Andrea.
There are a lot of direct quotes from wonderful architectural books included in these pages and as this was created as a personal photo album a lot of these are not properly referenced. So I’m just sharing these pages in low res to respect copyright but I trust that you can get a feel for the overall composition. I was really into overlapping and overlaying elements back then. Lots of experimental layouts, hey?
Wow! two Baroque themed articles in a week. It’s just like the good old days! But don’t worry, it’s not my plan to swamp you with Baroque architecture.
Hmm, it could be fun if you let me know of any favourite buildings you would like me to research and sketch. Just like the ‘Building of the Week’ challenge I did inside the Buildings course last year.