They are the current symbol of government, banking and finance, but did you know that there are 3 distinct styles of columns?
The earliest and simplest of the columns are the Doric. They lack any decoration.
Next are the Ionic columns, more slender than the Doric with tops ending in a classic scroll.
The Corinthian column stands apart with it’s decorative capital (top) usually carved with leaves and rosettes.
The Italian Renaissance brought two other less-used columns, The Tuscan, which was very plain, unfluted and lacked adornments. And the Composite Order which blended both the Ionic and the Corinthian styles.
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