Elevation of the Portico to the Vestibulum
Elevation of the Portico to the Vestibulum.
The Corinthian Columns of this Porticus, as well as those on both Sides of the Peristylium, are of Oriental Granite, and the Entablatures and Capitals of Statuary Marble. The Arch over the two Center Columns of the Porticus is somewhat singular, though we find almost a similar instance in Mr. Wood's BALBEC, Plate VII. This Form may be liable to Objection, as deviating from from the pure Simplicity of the Ancients; yet it appears to have been from something of this Kind that Palladio, and other Architects of his Time, have adopted the Modern Venetian window, which bears a great Resemblance to this Porticus of Diocletian's Palace.