PEDIGREE & PROVENANCE--art words and terms.

Corinthian, Ionic & Doric Orders

ko rin' the n
eye ahn' ic
dor' ic

What are they?

Corinthian, Ionic and Doric are three classical styles of columns.

Who used them and when?

The Doric and Ionic columns date from the 5th century BC in Greece. Both are represented on the Acropolis in Athens. The Corinthian column appeared in 4th century BC but the design was considered too ornate for the restrained Greeks. The Corinthian column had to wait for the Romans to use it with flourish. These classical forms have inspired artisans and designers from the mid-1700's through to the present day.

How do I tell the difference?

The Corinthian column has double rows of acanthus leaves and fernlike fronds which look like "curls" from a distance. (The Biddington's logo is in the Corinthian spirit.)
The Ionic column has rounded scrolls on each side which resemble "eyes".
The Doric column is unornamented and austere.

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whose work is influenced by images from the ancient world.

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