Spandrels in art and architecture…


Spandrel-architectureWhen we went to The Norton Simon Museum, I noticed that the spaces in the corner of the arches in the ceilings were often decorated.

 

The placards in the museum informed me they were spandrels, and our new word of the day was born!

Paris-Arc-de-TriompheAccording to Wikipedia, a spandrel is the “space between a curved figure and a rectangular boundary – such as the space between the curve of an arch and a rectilinear bounding moulding, or the wall space bounded by adjacent arches in an arcade and the string course or moulding above them, or the space between the central medallion of a carpet and its rectangular corners, or the space between the circular face of a clock and the corners of the square revealed by its hood.”

Source cited: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spandrel

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