DAILY PICTURE: Historic Houses of Romania (3 Aug.‘09)

Neo-Romanian-Venetian facade, Romana area, Bucharest (Valentin Mandache)

Inter-war Venetian style facade, Romana area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

What I call the “inter-war Venetian style” became popular in Romania in late 1930s, at a time of intense cultural links with Italy. This peculiar style has evolved at the confluence between the Art Nouveau and neo-Romanian artistic movements. In the example above, the ground floor window shape and decoration has a clear Art Nouveau filiation. The neo-Romanian style contained ever since inception in late 19th c. important late Venetian Renaissance motifs. The Venetian features (in the above image: thin columns, Venetian type capitals, balcony’s latticework decoration, etc.) were a natural complement to Art Nouveau and neo-Romanian motifs alike. The result was that the Venetian inspired design became an important part of the urban architectural landscape in late 1930s Romania, concomitant with other styles such as mainstream neo-Romanian, modernist and neo-classical.

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My goal through this daily series of images is to spark the interest of a diverse international audience into the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural heritage.

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