San Lorenzo Church - Turin, Italy

San Lorenzo, Turin, Commentary:
What they wrote about San Lorenzo, a church of incredible architecture.

“The Church of San Lorenzo, Turin, was begun by Guarino Guarini in 1668 for the Theatine Order, of which he was a member. The plan is remarkable for its curved bays pressing into the central domed space—an idea developed from Borromini—but the dome is even more remarkable. It is a masterpiece of ingenious construction—the ribs actually carry the lantern above them—which is also used to produce dramatic contrasts of light and shade.”

— John Julius Norwich, ed. Great Architecture of the World. p176.

“A Guarini dome, such as the one in his Church of S. Lorenzo in Turin, becomes a luminous cage of slender intersecting ribs over which floats the light-filled space of the lantern visible through the complex rib network; the base of the dome is a circle, and the base of the buoyant lantern is formed by eight semicircular lobes, each framed by a pair of splayed ribs. This extraordinary configuration of space, light, and mass has been described by a Guarini scholar as ‘a great work of hallucinatory engineering’.”

— Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture: from Prehistory to Post-Modernism. p349.


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