A Guide to Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture
Alberti. Facade of Santa Maria Novella, Florence.
Sources for Florentine Architecture
Background to Florentine Quattrocento Architecture
Architects: Florence and Tuscany
Venice and the Veneto
The Fifteenth Century and the Renaissance
Sant'Andrea Romanesque church located between via Calimala and via Pellicceria. Destroyed in
about 1888 as part of the great, and now greatly lamented urban renewal project in Florence that
obliterated much of its medieval identity.
Santa Maria Maggiore. Origins in the 10th century, rebuilt in the 13th century.
Some modern restorations.
- San Miniato al Monte. One of Florence's earliest and most prominent churches.
Santi Apostoli. In Piazza del Limbo, Florence. Piazza called so because it held a
cemetary for unbaptized infants. Built about the end of the 11th century.
- Santo Stefano al Ponte, Florence. At least 100 years older than its distinctively
Florentine Romanesque doorway of 1233. Interior vastly changed in the 17th century. Now deconsecrated
and used for concerts.
Towers in Florence--mostly 13th century, except for the one built in 1957.
- View of
San Gimignano, showing the many surviving towers.
San Barnaba, Florence. Built 1322. Interior substantially redone in the 18th century.
Palazzo dei Cerchi, Florence 14th century. Corner of via della Condotta and via Cimatori.
- Palazzo della Lana.
- Dante's house. This was built in the early 20th
century and Dante never lived here. It is close to a good gelateria.
- Casa di
Dante A closer view.
- Palazzo Davanzati
Mostly mid-14th to 15th century. This is the official Web site. Note that the structures on either
side are cut-down tower houses, such as you can see all over Florence. The Palazzo Davanzati is not a
tower house. Left: as it was in 1880; Right: as it is today. Most historic buildings in Florence have
been substantially "restored" or "renovated"--when they haven't been torn out to become "modern" structures.
- Palazzo Davanzati in Detail. Including some
information on furnishings.
Historical background and some excellent photographs of Florentine palaces.
Renaissance Architecture in Florence
Brief overview of palace architecture and its influence on the design of the Farnese Palace in Rome.
The Art of Renaissance
On linear perspective, especially as used by Brunelleschi.
Architecture and Public Space
background for all of Italian Renaissance Architecture. From Washington State University.
Filippo Brunelleschi (1377-1446)
Leone Battista Alberti (1404-1472)
Luciano Laurana (circa 1420-1479)
Leonardo da Vinci
Giuliano da Sangallo (1445-1516)
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