Architectural works until 1530
by MICHELANGELO

After the resolved Classical order and measured harmony of Bramante's High Renaissance buildings, two main, though interwoven, directions of Mannerist development become apparent. One of these, emanating largely from Peruzzi, relied upon a detailed study of antique decorative motifs - grotesques, Classical gems, coins, and the like - which were used in a pictorial fashion to decorate the plane of the facade. This tendency was crystallized in Raphael's Palazzo Branconio dell'Aquila (destroyed) at Rome, where the regular logic of a Bramante fašade was abandoned in favour of complex, out-of-step rhythms and encrusted surface decorations of medallions and swags.

The second trend exploited the calculated breaking of rules, the taking of sophisticated liberties with Classical architectural vocabulary. Two very different buildings of the 1520s were responsible for initiating this taste, Michelangelo's Laurentian Library in Florence and the Palazzo del TŔ by Giulio Romano in Mantua.

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Project for the façade of San Lorenzo, Florence
c. 1517
Black and red chalk, 140 x 180 mm
Casa Buonarroti, Florence


Model for the façade of San Lorenzo, Florence
1517
Wood, 210 x 280 cm
Casa Buonarroti, Florence


Palazzo Medici Riccardi: Windows
1517
Photo
Via Camillo Cavour, Florence


Study
c. 1525
Pen and traces of chalk on paper, 410 x 570 mm
Casa Buonarroti, Florence


Interior view
1526-33
Photo
Sagrestia Nuova, San Lorenzo, Florence


Interior view
1525
Photo
Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Florence


Staircase in the Vestibule
1558
Photo
Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Florence


Vestibule
1558
Photo
Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Florence


Vestibule
1558
Photo
Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Florence



Summary of works by Michelangelo
All genres
Sculptures | Paintings | Sistine Chapel | Drawings | Architecture
Sculptures
-1501 | 1502- | David | Julius II's Tomb | Medici Tomb | PietÓs
Paintings
Easel paintings | Frescoes in Pauline Chapel
Sistine Chapel
Division of the ceiling | Genesis | Prophets | Sibyls | Ignudi
Spandrels | Lunettes | Triangles | Medallions
Last Judgment
Architecture
until 1530 | after 1530



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