- Brick Renaissance
Brick Renaissance is the
Northern European continuation of brickarchitecture after Brick Romanesqueand Brick Gothic. Although the term Brick Gothic is often used generally for all of this architecture, especially in regard to the Hanseatic cities of the Baltic, the stylistic changes that led to the end of Gothic architecturedid reach Northern Germanyand northern Europe with delay, leading to the adoption of Renaissance elements into brick building. Nonetheless, it is very difficult for non-experts to distinguish transitional phases or early Brick Renaissance, as the style maintained many typical features of Brick Gothic, such as stepped gables. A clearer distinction only developed at the transition to Baroque architecture. In Lübeck, for example, Brick Renaissance is clearly recognisable in buildings equipped with terracotta reliefs by the artist Statius von Düren, who was also active at Schwerin( Schwerin Castle) and Wismar(Fürstenhof).
More clearly recognisable as Renaissance are brick buildings strongly influenced by the
Dutch Renaissancestyle, such as Reinbek Castleat Reinbeknear Hamburg, the Zeughaus at Lübeck, or Friedrichstadtin Schleswig-Holstein.
Lübeck, Mühlentor, 1550s (model)
Friedrichstadt(Frederiksstad), Market Square, early 17th century ReinbekCastle, 1572-1576
Mir Castle, Belarus, Late 16th century additions to Gothic structure
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