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At the Luca-etime Pietro da Cortona, whose SS Martina dated from the previous pontificate, was building S Mana-della-Pace and S Mariacolonnade in-Via-Lata, while Bernini erected the After 1660, Chigi. Palazzo the and Peter's St of Bemim completed three churches which were in Castelentirely of his own design S Tomaso Ariccia Gandolfo. S Mana-dell'-Assunzione at and S Andrea-del-Quinnale. At this time Borromini built the ponderous, heavily-shadowed : and faQades of the CoUegio di Propaganda Fide, S Carlo-alle-QuattroFontane 1667 saw the death of Borromini and Alexan VIII.

And the ribbed vault Saar seems pure decoration. At Smirice. howwhich was built in 1699, early in his career, these ribs underline the system of thrusts and at over, reveal a profound comprehension of Gothic building, plus a remarkable gift for translating it into the modern idiom. Prandtauer and Munggenast, architects of the Danube valley, bypassed Aichel's obsession with regeneration and his study of vaults. They adopted without question the Italian preBaroque churches as their prototypes. Their magnificent monastic foundations of St Florian, Melk, Zwettl and Diirnstein made a very real contribution to an art which was restricting itself increasingly to religious orders.

I/y. •! 1« S ^ Ivo -. della-Sapienza 14 15 . \ r^N^; the sea eloquence of Rome. They blended with newly the exploited and mountains and the But. discovered resources of theatrical scenery. rise of most important of all. Rome saw the cloister and Borromini. In 1639 he designed the - a Carlo-alle-Quattro-Fontane of S Church tiny Vatican which rose far cry from the pomp of the became under the guidance of Bernini. Later he X. who comthe favorite architect of Innocent missioned him to rebuild S Giovanni-in-Laterano as Berniru had in the Baroque manner, just was transformed St Peter's.

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