Divine Geometry: The Complex Architecture of Francesco Borromini

Divine Geometry: The Complex Architecture of Francesco Borromini

a talk by Lindsey Vyse

30 January 2020 at 7:15pm.

The work of the architect Francesco Borromini has at times been overshadowed by the legacy of his rival Gian Lorenzo Bernini, whose exuberant use of religious imagery so ably demonstrated the Baroque movement with its theatricality and colour.

Borromini’s training as a stonemason led him to a deep understanding of the way that structural space could be manipulated for maximum impact, stripping back the use of materials and colour to a minimum to further enhance the complex nature of his designs. This talk will explore several of his works in Rome, most particularly San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane and Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza, to illustrate this architect’s genius.