I’ve been really interested in Art History ever since I took lessons in high school. I’ve learned the time periods, who created the artwork, which styles were used, the names of decorations. My favorite time period would probably be the Renaissance, Baroque, and Neoclassicism art period because every work reminds me of the era of Louis XIV which it was him who started the “the Art Revolution” since he paid many artists to either sing, act, or make statues/ portraits of him. Aside from its’ history, the Neoclassic and Baroque architecture had an influence in Quebec or should we refer them as the Second Empire and Beaux Arts art periods (were revivals of the Neoclassical period) that directly had an impact in in the Quebec architecture.
As my mom and I strolled around Vieux Montréal, we passed by a couple of old buildings (including the Notre-Dame Basilica which I’ll mention later in another post) that resembled like those under Parisian skies. The building above was taken from Dorchester Square which was a long park that contained a row of statues of important historical Quebec figures. Also it was in this park where we had to be here to take the tour to Quebec. The National Bank was immense and the decorations that cached my eye were the volutes on top of the columns. Also the Canadian and Quebec flags were important because it added a touch of identity; a feeling you get that you’re in Canada and not somewhere else. Neoclassicism has been stored in the minds of democratic nations which architecture symbolizes the Quebec culture.
Somewhat similar to the National Bank, the Place D’Armes Hotel (Baroque- Beaux Arts influenced period) amazed me the most because I felt I was in Europe for a second and Quebec at the other side of the street. Again the pillars and the volutes appear in the architecture which have an emblematic representation of the Romans and European architecture. Roman arcs! Who knew that they were part of the Baroque or Beaux Arts art period? They are rarely found in North America since all of the buildings are modern and are in a geometric form. At the top of the hotel sign, it’s decorated with dentils which are described as dots that peek out; it’s kind of like we were to have to seal a pie with a fork and small ridges are formed. Those are the main things I wanted to point out about this building. What created an European aroma were the lamps that were held outside Old Montreal.
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