Since man first stood up two vertical columns of stone or wood and put a third one across them to make an entrance to his home he has striven to enhance and decorate them.
This desire to make pillars and columns objects of art reached its zenith during the Renaissance with complex fluted pillars and highly ornate capitals and bases. It was a sixteenth century architect by the name of Giacomo Barozzio da Vignola who brought some order into the debate when he published his “Canon for the Five Orders of Architecture”. In it he divided the multitude of styles into five main orders, Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian and Composite.
He laid out in minute detail the relative proportions of the diameter of a column shaft to its length and its relationship to the height and width of its capital and base. The book became the standard text for architects, the world over, for the next three centuries and is still the accepted standard today.
As devotees of da Vignola’s, we have painstakingly reproduced a line of pillars from two of the five orders – the Tuscan and the Ionic.