Buckminster Knows 021

The Palazzo Spada of 1540 in Rome, originally built by Bartolomeo Baromini, was purchased by Cardinal Spada who commisioned the Baroque master Francesco Borromini to modify it for him.
It was Borromini who created the famous trompe l'oeil in the arcaded courtyard. Through gradually diminishing the columns flanking the entrance, the perspective is dramatized. A feature also used by Bernini in his Scala Regia.

pictures found here and here 

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