By Pierre Charpentrat
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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.
The spellbinding subtlety of this emerged, as the reign of Louis XIV was drawing to its close, to rule supreme during the Regency, then fell into disfavor in the Paris of Madame de Pompadour. Now it was instantly absorbed to perfection by the artists in Germany. In Munich, it produced the Amalienburg, and transformed the churches.
This is clearly seen at Osterhofen where their altarpieces, their sculptured groups and painted walls distract attention from what is built in interior decoration : this was their resistance to Rococo which swamped Germany after 1730. This was, without doubt, France's greatest contemporary architecture, contribution to apart from the classicism which emanated from Versailles. The spellbinding subtlety of this emerged, as the reign of Louis XIV was drawing to its close, to rule supreme during the Regency, then fell into disfavor in the Paris of Madame de Pompadour.
Baroque Italy and Central Europe by Pierre Charpentrat