Baroque, French Classicism and Rococo (1650–1750)
The baroque period experienced a greater prevalence of drawing than the Renaissance. Sketches continually proliferated, as architects were less dependent upon rules of proportion and enjoyed the freedom characteristic of baroque architecture. Growing access to paper products and continually more complex building programs perpetuated the need for sketching. A desire to express the more emotional states of architecture, and describe secondary endeavors such as theater set design, encouraged architects’ visual communication. As reflective of construction practices, patronage, and baroque style, it is possible to assess traits common to the sketching techniques of late seventeenth century and early eighteenth century architects.