Diocletian Window - Influence


This type of window was revived and used in Italy in the 16th century, especially by Andrea Palladio. Palladio and others incorporated an elongated Diocletian window in the form of an arched central light flanked by narrower, square-headed apertures. This combination became known as a Palladian, or Venetian, window.

The Diocletian window was much used in the early 18th century by the English architect Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington, one of the originators of the English Palladian style, and by his followers.

Diocletian windows continued to be used occasionally in large public buildings in the various devolutions of neoclassical architecture including the Beaux Arts movement (1880–1920).

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