Nikolaevsky Palace (Nicholas Palace)--page 2 (of two pages)

Andrei Stackenschneider

Ground floor details

The window has a kind of scrolled console appearing to support the sill; this is variation on the so-called "kneeling window" by Michelangelo, used on the ground floor level of the Palazzo Medici in Florence. Here it is encircle by a Roman swag.


Above the ground floor window--plaques with putti


The top two registers with huge cornices and a kind of double repeated cornice at the very top

Here there are engaged columns with delicate fluting while in the end pavilions the windows of the piano nobile are flanked by fluted pilasters. The fluting even modulates from very fine to less fine. These abundant and varied details seem to witness a devotion to Renaissance architectural elements.

The top register


Garden and decorative iron walls


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Works Consulted or Quoted:
William Craft Brumfield. A History of Russian Architecture. Seattle: University of Washington P, 2004.
George Heard Hamilton. The Art and Architecture of Russia. New Haven: Yale UP, 1983.
Shvidkovsky, Dmitri. St. Petersburg: Architecture of the Tsars. London: Abbeville P, 1996. With fabulous photographs by Alexander Orloff.

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