HAA 1306 Lecture Notes - Lecture 13: Bartolomeo Ammannati, Capitoline Hill, Pediment

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12. Monday October 7: MICHELANGELO: THE LAURENZIANA LIBRARY
1. Michelangelo: Laurenziana library, 1523-34 (opened 1571; clay model of steps 1558, then
executed by Ammannati) [133-36]
Reflects on Lorenzo de’Medici
Under Pope Clement VII
Built on top of S. Lorenzo cloister – pope wanted cloister destroyed but canon said no
Ricceto = entrance room
2.5 story rise from entry to reading room so staircase fills ricceto
Similar motif to new sacristy
Columns embedded in the wall in entry way
Probably to help support weight over early Renaissance building beneath
Many interpretations as to why in wall instead of in front of wall
Brackets below columns structurally useless
Fake windows
Pilasters repeat along whole main room wall
Help support walls of building beneath
Forerunner of Mannerism
Floor and ceiling have almost identical pattern
2. Michelangelo: drawings for the fortifications of Florence, 1528-29.
Militarily invaded my Medici in 1512
Wall interspersed with gates
13. Wed October 9: MICHELANGELO: THE CAMPIDOGLIO AND LATE WORKS IN
ROME
1. Michelangelo: cornice and top floor of Farnese palace, 1546-50 [see also under Antonio da
Sangallo jr., above]
Alternating pediments on the bottom floors, but
on top is broken pediment by arch or window
p.d. French embassy
Immense cut stone cornice
Cantilevered
“death heads” around top of building – like those
in the Medici chapel
Back overlooks Tiber
2 loggia
Top floor probably Michelangelo
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