This chapter discusses the adoption of baroque in northern Europe. Several court-sponsored designs from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries demonstrate that even as it was still being developed in Rome, the baroque was being transformed to serve absolutist rulers north of the Alps. Kings who sought unprecedented political and spatial authority appreciated the way in which the baroque could be used to create compelling propaganda. They found in the baroque a compelling imagery of a control that was seldom as complete as it appeared from the decoration of their palaces and the organization of their gardens. The new spatial order, which included suburban estates and urban squares, also supported and symbolized a top-down political system at a time when European monarchs were trying to force landed aristocracies and urban burghers to relinquish power to increasingly centralized states.
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