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        • System, Gesture, Unity
          Baroque Tendencies in the Work of Valerio Olgiati

        Abstract
        The work of Valerio Olgiati has occasionally been described as having Baroque tendencies. His design method can be described as a dialectic process, allowing his designs to often display contradictory qualities. Wölfflin identified the character of Baroque art with five criteria: painterly character, depth of represented space, open form, lack of clarity and unifying tendencies. Although Olgiati’s work does not display direct references to Baroque architecture, it is possible, using these five categories, to identify a Baroque sensitivity in his work. After briefly qualifying the use of the term Baroque in art history, the author uses five perspectives – atmosphere, movement, geometry, depth and system – to illustrate this point.
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        Citation
        Davidovici, I. (2011). System, Gesture, Unity. Baroque Tendencies in the Work of Valerio Olgiati. Baroque, OASE, (86), 86–92. Retrieved from https://www.oasejournal.nl/en/Issues/86/SystemGestureUnity

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