Over-emphasis on Entasis

Driving past St. Ignatius, my eye was drawn to the ornate column and pilaster details on the facade. Is it just me, or do these corinthian columns look like upright zucchini? The ionic pilasters look particularly swollen, like burgeoning pea pods!


Now, it IS a Classical Revival building, but it looks like the ancient practice of entasis went a bit overboard, here. After all, it was developed to correct the visual illusion of the column appearing *thinner* in the middle section, and meant to result in an appearance of a straight and true column.

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