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Architecture Studies
Tatiana Senkevitch

10/25/2012 6:16:00 AM Lecture 3 – 9/27/12 Architecture in the Renaissance Period Preceded the ‘Dark Ages’ or ‘Middle Ages’ – the people of the Renaissance wanted to separate themselves from this idea Spoke of themselves as humanists – based in humanities with emphasis on the human form Merged concepts of man and god Leon Battista Alberti (1404 – 1472) – Renaissance architect, born in Florence but raised in Genoa ‘Let it be said that the security, dignity, and honor of the republic depends greatly on the architect: it is he who is responsible for our delight, entertainment, and health, while at leisure, and our profit and advantage while at work, and in shot, that we live in a dignified manner, free from any danger. In view then of the delight and wonderful grace of his work, and of how indispensible they have proved, and in view of the benefit and convenience of his inventions, and their service to posterity, he should no doubt be accorded praise and respect.’ On the Art of Building in Ten Books, 1450, published 1486 Ie. Tempio Malatestiano (Church of St. Francis) Rimini, Italy c. 1450 Ie. Church of Sant’Andrea in Mantua, Italy (1462 – 1670) Studied math at the University of Balonga Florence and Sienna during the 14 thand 15 thcenturies was the birthplace of th the Renaissance; in the 16 century, Rome became the epicenter of the Renaissance revolution School of Athens fresco by Raphael (1510 – 1511) with Plato (teacher) on the left and Aristotle (student) on the right Fresco is full of portraits and portrayals of famous artists and thinkers of the Renaissance period Incorporation of Architecture into art – in this case it is a vaulted space Alberti expressed views on what he thought churches should be: white, clear lines, simple geometry Comparitively to Greek Architecture, which highlighted the importance of structural support (unlike Michelangelo’s vision of the Basilica and hiding any evidence of structure) – ie. Supports that hold up arches, even if they are just superficial and have no structural relevance Painting, sculpture and architecture used to be consi
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