The Alternative Aesthetic Breaking the Rules

The widespread acceptance of an architectural aesthetic based on the rules of the classical orders and the serene harmony they produced somehow prompted a contrary reaction. This reaction generated a rival aesthetic founded on the concept of violating the rules. Perhaps such a development could occur because the canonic use of the orders, fraught with conflicts and complications, invited perverse solutions to design problems. Whatever the initial motivation, an alternative aesthetic did evolve, so that the resulting two versions of the classical tradition ended up constituting a stylistic duality. The importance of this duality transcends use of the orders themselves; it has continued in Western culture as one of the fundamental options of artistic expression.

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