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Staircase Architecture Then & Now: The Renaissance

Renaissance Staircase Architecture

The Renaissance Period is not known for understated, minimalist style. People of the time were turning back toward Classical style and schools of thought. Renaissance architects visited Rome to study ruins and buildings for inspiration and to gain a better understanding of the ancient Roman design elements. Like the ancient Romans before them, Renaissance architects emphasized mathematics and proportion within their work. Learn more about Renaissance architecture from The Met Museum.

The affinity for proportion and mathematics can be seen in Renaissance staircase architecture as well. Grand stone curved and spiral stairs were prominent, and ornate metal and stone balusters completed the stair systems. Many featured elaborate, striking Renaissance artwork along the sides.


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