March 6: Architect’s Diary


Guarino Guarini [1624-1683] died March 6. He was one of the greatest exponents of Baroque architecture in Turin.

His best-known work is the Chapel of the Holy Shroud [or The Sindone Chapel or the Guarini Chapel] and the Royal Church of San Lorenzo, in which the geometric structures create a sophisticated and harmonic sense of light and space within the church.


Located behind the apse of Turin Cathedral, the Chapel of the Shroud has become a prominent part of the cathedral complex with its unique spiral roof.

It is a Baroque chapel, originally believed to be the actual piece of cloth wrapped around the body of Christ following the crucifixion. The interior of the church is decked out in black marble and its baroque style is impressive.


Σαν σήμερα, στις 6 Μαρτίου έφυγε από τη ζωή ο Guarino Guarini [1624-1683], ο σημαντικότερος εκπρόσωπος της Μπαρόκ αρχιτεκτονικής στο Τορίνο.

Ανάμεσα στα σημαντικότερα έργα του ξεχωρίζουν το παρεκκλήσιο της Αγίας Σινδόνης και ο ναός του San Lorenzo.


Μέσα από τον τονισμό του ρόλου του φωτός, ο Guarini δημιoυργούσε σκόπιμες αντιθέσεις, μέσω  της εκπληκτικής αποσπασματικοποίησης των επιφανειών και της έξαρσης των διακοσμητικών τύπων, αναπόσπαστων στοιχείων του Μπαρόκ.


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