Influential Renaissance Architecture Essay

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As one begins to delve into the history of modern architecture one quickly realizes the influence that Renaissance architects such as Donato Bramante, Raphael, and Michelangelo had on modern architecture. Simply look around a city at the business district and one will see bits and pieces of the Renaissance architecture. The Renaissance architecture has had an influence on architecture throughout the ages. St. Peter’s Basilica Donato Bramante was born in 1444 near Urbino. At an early age Bramante was exposed to the world of art and architecture. Bramante’s early exposure to the world of art influenced his future architectural work such as his work on Saint Peter’s Basilica. Bramante started to gained recognition while he was…show more content…
Bramante felt that the symmetry and harmony of the design was a perfect representation of God’s perfection and the Pantheon style dome completed the design (Benton & Di Yanni, 2005). The basilica plans included four chapels that would occupy the corner area between the transepts; however, Bramante died before the basilica was completed and his plans were strayed from (Benton & DiYanni, 2005). After Bramante’s death in 1514 several architects tried to complete the work of Bramante; however they were not successful until in 1546 when Michelangelo was appointed to complete the basilica (Benton & Di Yanni, 2005). Bramante’s plans were altered as Michelangelo made simple changes to Bramante’s original plans; instead of using the Greek cross system that Bramante planned, Michelangelo enlarged the four main pillars so that the dome could be structurally supported safely (Benton & Di Yanni, 2005). This change brought about interior changes as well. In 1546 Michelangelo successfully placed an “elliptically shaped dome on a huge drum ornamented with double columns…” (Fiero, 2008, p. 203). The dome rose approximately “450 feet from the nave to the top of the lantern,” and it took 13 years for Michelangelo to accomplish this task (Fiero, 2008, p. 203). Sadly, Michelangelo did not live to see the completion of the basilica. Finally, in 1606 Carlo Maderno was appointed by Pope Paul V to restore the
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