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


Augarten, Vienna

After work in Hungary, Canevale arrived in Vienna, becoming Emperor Joseph II's court architect. In this capacity, he had, amongst other things, special responsibility for the outskirts of the city. Just as Joseph introduced a new style in politics to the Hofburg, so too Canevale broke with the tradition of Viennese Baroque.

As a court architect, Canevale was responsible for the royal parks, the Augarten and Prater, which Joseph II opened to the general public. The portal of the Augarten is a demonstration of Canevale's knowledge of French Revolutionary Neoclassicism. The semi-circular arch of the gateway is crowned by a heavy attic, and it is adjoined on both sides by tripartite entrances, which in turn are flanked by guardhouses in rusticated stonework.

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