(active 16th century in Brescia)

General view

16th century
Piazza della Loggia, Brescia

Piazza della Loggia was designed at the height of the Renaissance, and towards the end of the 15th century the actual construction began. The square immediately became the beating heart of the city both for its position and for the presence of the Loggia, begun in 1489 under the direction of Filippo Grassi (died 1516) and completed in 1574, which became the seat of the city's administrative life over the years.

The Piazza della Loggia contains Brescia's principal Renaissance monuments and is representative of the mercantile culture of the Venetian republic which conquered Brescia in 1428. The space is oriented east-west and is positioned in the westwards expansion from the Roman core of the city which took place during the middle ages.

Running north to south an arcaded mercantile loggia bounds the eastern side of the square, and is ornamented by a clock tower, crowned by figures of Moors striking a bell which echoes the similar arrangement in Piazza San Marco in Venice. The western side of the square is occupied by the Palazzo della Loggia, the centre of civic administration. Forming the southern edge, the new financial institution of the Monte di Pietà asserted its claim to antiquity by the inclusion in its walls of a fragment of an ancient Roman inscription (C. IULIUS CAESAR PONTIF) placed there in 1480.

In Piazza della Loggia the authenticity of the urban experience is heightened by the replication of arched forms across the square.

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