SANMICHELI, Michele
(b. 1484, Verona, d. 1559, Verona)

Interior view

c. 1527
Photo
Cappella Pellegrini, San Bernardino, Verona

One of Sanmicheli's most sophisticated and admired buildings is the Pellegrini Chapel, attached to the church of San Bernardino in Verona. The interior of the chapel was inspired by that of the Pantheon, having a radial plan with large recesses on the main axes and tabernacled niches between them. The upper storey has a balcony, perhaps intended for a choir; with its trabeated three-bay windows, it is much indebted to Bramante's design for the dome of St Peter's, Rome.

The wall design is of considerable intricacy, especially in the lower storey, where the main order of Corinthian half columns is coupled with a smaller pilaster order that extends into the recesses and connects with the niche tabernacles.