composite order meaning
- Noun: Composite order
- A Roman order that combines the Corinthian acanthus leaves with the spiral scrolls of the Ionic order
Derived forms: Composite orders
Type of: order
Encyclopedia: Composite order
In Classical architecture, one of the five Classical orders; combines characteristics of both the Corinthian and Ionic orders; similar to the Corinthian order, but much more embellished. The capital consists of volutes borrowed, with modifications, from the Ionic capital; the circle of acanthus leaves applied to the capital is borrowed from the Corinthian capital. See illustration under bases for an example of a base of the Composite order.
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- The cloister is surrounded by columns from the Composite order.
- The fa�ade is made up of nine semicircular arches springing from columns of the Composite order.
- The "'composite order "'is a mixed acanthus leaves of the Corinthian order.
- The new portico includes columns that match the Composite order originals of the main entrance portico on the 1851 west elevation.
- The composite order is not found in ancient Greek architecture and until the Renaissance was not ranked as a separate order.