Karlskirche (Vienna, Austria) : General view of the relief of the north column

Creator:
Fischer von Erlach, Johann Bernhard, 1656-1723
Published/Created:
south side of Karlsplatz, Vienna, Wien, Austria
1716-1737
Date Depicted:
1997
1700 AD - 1799 AD
Materials:
marble
stone
stucco
Notes:
During the plague epidemic of 1713, Emperor Charles VI vowed to build a church dedicated to St Carlo Borromeo, the plague saint. The Emperor made this monumentally conceived votive building an affair of state, to which all Habsburg lands had to contribute financially. Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach’s design, with an oval plan behind a wide façade, was adopted. The church was begun in 1716 and completed in 1737; Joseph Emanuel Fischer von Erlach continued the work after his father’s death in 1723 and was probably responsible for changes in the executed work (notably the increase in the height of the drum). The façade of the Karlskirche, intended to be viewed from a distance, faces the Hofburg. Its Corinthian portico, flanked by two colossal columns and two gateway tower pavilions, is dominated by the tall oval drum and dome rising behind it. In this context the two colossal columns of the Karlskirche should be seen as an appropriation of the triumphal columns of Trajan and Marcus Aurelius in Rome, symbolizing imperial aspirations.
Variant Titles:
Church of Saint Charles Borromeo, Vienna
Topics:
Architecture -- Austria -- 18th century -- (YVRC)
Period/Style:
Eighteenth century
Culture:
Austrian
Accession Number:
1A1-FE-K-C3
Genre:
architecture (AAT)
churches (AAT)
Format:
Image
Content Type:
Sculptures, Models, & Architecture
Rights:
Copyright Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc
The use of this image may be subject to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) or to site license or other rights management terms and conditions. The person using the image is liable for any infringement.
Access Restrictions:
Yale Community Only
Digital:
architecture; rulers and leaders; saints; Charles Borromeo, Saint, 1538-1584; Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor, 1685-1740 buildings; religious buildings; churches
Source Creator:
Gilchrist, Scott
Source Title:
Archivision Addition Module Six
Source Created:
2878 Chamonix, Montreal QC
Archivision, Inc.
1997
Source Note:
Purchase, Visual Resources Collection, May, 2011; photographer Scott Gilchrist
Yale Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Digital Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Local Record Number:
4125
OID:
10073254
PID:
digcoll:1819845