(b. 1730, Vincennes, d. 1786, Wien)

General view

Triumphal Arch, Vác

The first shot in the architectural war against Baroque frivolity in the lands of the Habsburgs was fired by Isidore Canevale in the Hungarian town of Vác, where he erected a triumphal arch and Cathedral for Cardinal Migazzi. The arch was commissioned by Migazzi to mark a visit by the royal couple. The radical nature of its form was impressive, as was the fact that it was not simply built from temporary material as a festival arch. As one of the first permanent triumphal arches, it heralded the arrival of this type of structure in the 18th century.

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