The Elements of Classical Architecture: The Corinthian Order
On Saturday, January 28, architects and non-architects alike had the opportunity to try their own hand at drawing elements of the Corinthian Order. Instructor Mason Roberts began the course by sharing slides and explained the history of the five classical orders. He explained how each evokes a different character and detailed how the columns tend to align with the spirit of the building they support.
Mason discussed the specific identity and origin of the Corinthian Order, which included an origin myth by Vitruvius. Central to its design and historical narrative are the acanthus leaves on its capital. There are instances in which standard elements of the Corinthian Order are modified for the sake of reflecting a building’s character or function: one prominent example is the Capitol in DC which features Corinthian columns that incorporate tobacco leaves and corn cobs, two important American crops, instead of the acanthus.