Architecture for Urban Sketchers (3)

July 28, 2012

Some attention to the portico at the front entrance of the Chiesa San Lorenza in Milan, facing a small square built up on two sides and facing a row of Roman columns (the colonne di San Lorenzo). Most photographers and urban sketchers include these side buildings, if not the columns themselves. I’ve included a thumbnail of the portico tacked on to the front of the Panthenon as well.

Next stop is working up some sketches from photos, thanks to Google images. The thumbnail at top right is starting to show the dark shadows from the west (the viewer’s right) from the neighbouring buildings. The most impressive photos play on the shadows inside the portico and following the advice of Ernest W. Watson they will make the most interesting sketches.

And what has all this cerebral analysis of Early Christian architecture got to do with contemporary urban sketching? Here’s a photo of a Sydney post office (Redfern NSW 2012) for comparison and consideration:

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