not an easy book
Both the plan and section of Neresheim in Southern Germany show that the complex curves of the inner circle sinuously inflect as they near the
outer oval. These intraspatial relationships are at once more complex and more ambiguous than those of St. Stephen Walbrook's.
Layers are implied in Michelangelo's Sforza Chapel in S. Maria Maggiore in the violent penetrations of rectangular space and curved space in plan and of barrel vaults, domes and niche-vaulting in section. The ambiguous juxtapositions of these two kinds of shapes as well as
the implied intense compression and enormous scale of the flatly curved spaces (which by implication extend beyond the actual enclosure) give this interior its peculiar power and tension.
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