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Church of Saint Charles at the Four Fountains
San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane
Via delle Quattro Fontane and Via del Quirinale, Rome, Italy



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This church is considered by many architects and art historians as the most perfect of all Baroque structures.
"[Borromini] sets his whole facade in serpentine motion forward and back, making a counterpoint of concave and convex on tow levels (note the sway of the cornices) and emphasizes the sculptured effect with deeply recessed niches.  This facade is no longer the traditional , flat frontispiece that defines a building's outer limits; it is a pulsating membrane inserted between interior an exterior space, designed not to separate but to provide a fluid transition between the two."

 - Gardner's Art Through the Ages, Tenth Edition, by Richard G. Tansey and Fred S. Kleiner. Harcourt Brace College Pub. 1996, p. 828.

Photos and their arrangement 2013  Chuck LaChiusa
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