Constantine in Madrid: The Honorary Arches by Antonio López Aguado and Custodio Moreno in 1816 and 1829

  • Aitor Goitia CruzEmail author
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The recurring adoption of the Arch of Constantine as the prototype for an honorary monument in the capital of Spain during the reign of Fernando VII was calling for, in our opinion, some clarifications regarding the authorship and scope of two ephemeral architectures built in 1816 and 1829 that were inspired by it. A comparative analysis of their architectural key elements also allows us to guess the different purposes for which Antonio López Aguado and Custodio Moreno drew up their proposals. The repeated attempts of the former reveal a clearly interpretative approach to a commonly accepted model of beauty, while the latter would try to achieve a reliable replica of the Roman original. The methodological application of the graphic parallel has allowed us to lay down the similarities and differences of both designs with respect of the Arch of Constantine, proving to be once again the guarantor of both the formulation of hypotheses and the verification of subsequent results.


Arch Constantine Madrid 



Translation: María José Loureiro Sumay.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Architecture and DesignUniversidad San Pablo-CEU, CEU UniversitiesMadridSpain

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