Renaissance architecture


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Renaissance architecture

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  2. 2. Renaissance Architecture • Berpizkundeko arkitektura XV.mendearen hasiera eta between the early 15th and early 17th centuries in different regions of Europe, in which there was a conscious revival and development of certain elements of Classical Greek and Roman thought and material culture. • The Renaissance style places emphasis on symmetry, proportion, geometry and the regularity of parts as they are demonstrated in the architecture of Classical antiquity and in particular, the architecture of Ancient Rome, of which many examples remained. • Orderly arrangements of columns, pilasters and lintels, as well as the use of semicircular arches, hemispherical domes, niches and aedicules replaced the more complex proportional systems and irregular profiles of medieval buildings
  3. 3. Renaissance Architecture • Historians often use the following designations: – Renaissance (ca. 1400–1500); also known as the Quattrocento and sometimes Early Renaissance – High Renaissance (ca.1500–1525) – Mannerism (ca. 1520–1600)
  4. 4. Renaissance Architecture • Quattrocento – In the Quattrocento, concepts of architectural order were explored and rules were formulated. The study of classical antiquity led in particular to the adoption of Classical detail and ornamentation. – Space, as an element of architecture, was utilised differently to the way it had been in the Middle Ages. Space was organised by proportional logic, its form and rhythm subject to geometry, rather than being created by intuition as in Medieval buildings. The prime example of this is the Basilica di San Lorenzo in Florence by Filippo Brunelleschi (1377–1446
  5. 5. Renaissance Architecture • High Renaissance – During the High Renaissance, concepts derived from classical antiquity were developed and used with greater surety. The most representative architect is Bramante (1444–1514) who expanded the applicability of classical architecture to contemporary buildings. His San Pietro in Montorio (1503) was directly inspired by circular Roman temples. He was, however, hardly a slave to the classical forms and it was his style that was to dominate Italian architecture in the 16th century
  6. 6. Renaissance Architecture • Mannerism – During the Mannerist period, architects experimented with using architectural forms to emphasize solid and spatial relationships. The Renaissance ideal of harmony gave way to freer and more imaginative rhythms. The best known architect associated with the Mannerist style was Michelangelo (1475–1564), who is credited with inventing the giant order, a large pilaster that stretches from the bottom to the top of a facade. He used this in his design for the Campidoglio in Rome. – Prior to the 20th century, the term Mannerism had negative connotations, but it is now used to describe the historical period in more general non-judgemental terms
  7. 7. Berpizkundeko arkitektura • Characteristics of Renaissance architecture: – The obvious distinguishing features of Classical Roman architecture were adopted by Renaissance architects. However, the forms and purposes of buildings had changed over time. So had the structure of cities. – Among the earliest buildings of the reborn Classicism were churches of a type that the Romans had never constructed. Neither were there models for the type of large city dwellings required by wealthy merchants of the 15th century. – Conversely, there was no call for enormous sporting fixtures and public bath houses such as the Romans had built. The ancient orders were analysed and reconstructed to serve new purposes
  8. 8. Berpizkundeko arkitektura • Elements: Plan – The plans of Renaissance buildings have a square, symmetrical appearance in which proportions are usually based on a module. Within a church the module is often the width of an aisle. – The need to integrate the design of the plan with the façade was introduced as an issue in the work of Filippo Brunelleschi, but he was never able to carry this aspect of his work into fruition. The first building to demonstrate this was St. Andrea in Mantua by Alberti. – The development of the plan in secular architecture was to take place in the 16th century and culminated with the work of Palladio
  9. 9. Renaissance Architecture Alberti: San Andres Mantua Palladio: Villa Capra or Rotonda
  10. 10. Renaissance Architecture • Elements: Facade – Façades are symmetrical around their vertical axis. Church facades are generally surmounted by a pediment and organized by a system of pilasters, arches and entablatures. The columns and windows show a progression towards the centre. – Domestic buildings are often surmounted by a cornice. There is a regular repetition of openings on each floor, and the centrally placed door is marked by a feature such as a balcony, or rusticated surround. An early and much copied prototype was the façade for the Palazzo Rucellai (1446 and 1451) in Florence with its three registers of pilasters
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  12. 12. Renaissance Architecture • Elements: Columns and Pilasters – The Roman orders of columns are used:- Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian and Composite. – The orders can either be structural, supporting an arcade or architrave, or purely decorative, set against a wall in the form of pilasters. – During the Renaissance, architects aimed to use columns, pilasters, and entablatures as an integrated system.
  13. 13. Renaissance Architecture • Elements: Arches – Arches are semi-circular or (in the Mannerist style) segmental. Arches are often used in arcades, supported on piers or columns with capitals. – There may be a section of entablature between the capital and the springing of the arch.
  14. 14. Renaissance Architecture • Elements: Vaults – Vaults do not have ribs. – They are semi-circular or segmental and on a square plan, unlike the Gothic vault which is frequently rectangular. – The barrel vault, is returned to architectural vocabulary.
  15. 15. Renaissance Architecture – dome is used frequently, both as a very large structural feature that is visible from the exterior, and also as a means of roofing smaller spaces where they are only visible internally. – Domes had been used only rarely in the Middle Ages, but after the success of the dome in Brunelleschi’s design for the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore and its use in Bramante’s plan for St. Peter's Basilica (1506) in Rome, the dome became an indispensable element in church architecture and later even for secular architecture, such as Palladio's Villa Rotonda.[12]
  16. 16. Renaissance Architecture • Elements: Ceilings – Roofs are fitted with flat or coffered ceilings. – They are not left open as in Medieval architecture. – They are frequently painted or decorated.
  17. 17. Renaissance Architecture • Elements: Doors – Door usually have square lintels. – They may be set within an arch or surmounted by a triangular or segmental pediment. – Openings that do not have doors are usually arched and frequently have a large or decorative keystone..
  18. 18. Renaissance Architecture • Elements: Windows – Windows may be paired and set within a semi-circular arch. They may have square lintels and triangular or segmental pediments, which are often used alternately. – Windows are used to bring light into the building and in domestic architecture, to give views. – Stained glass, although sometimes present, is not a feature.
  19. 19. Renaissance Architecture • Elements: Walls – External walls are generally of highly-finished ashlar masonry, laid in straight courses. – The corners of buildings are often emphasised by rusticated “quoins”. – Basements and ground floors were often rusticated. – Internal walls are smoothly plastered and surfaced with whitechalk paint. For more formal spaces, internal surfaces are decorated with frescoes.
  20. 20. Renaissance Architecture • Elements: Details – Courses, mouldings and all decorative details are carved with great precision. – Studying and mastering the details of the ancient Romans was one of the important aspects of Renaissance theory. The different orders each required different sets of details. – Mouldings stand out around doors and windows rather than being recessed, as in Gothic Architecture. – Sculptured figures may be set in niches or placed on plinths. They are not integral to the building as in Medieval architecture
  21. 21. Renaissance Architecture • Influences of the Italian Renaissance: – Italy never fully adopted Gothic style. – Independent cities influenced in the movement of artists. – Cities had a prosperous trade. – The return of the Pope to Rome gave new impetus to religiosity. – The development of printing made possible the expansion of ideas and the desire of acquiring knowledge. – Humanism made of the man the centre of Univers. – Patronage made possible artists’ work.
  22. 22. Renaissance Architecture • Cuattrocento : Brunelleschi – Bere elementu esanguratsuena ordena da. – Erromako aztarnen artean agertu ziren eraikuntzetan orden matematiko sinple bat zegoela ikusi zuen. Bazegoen norma bat Erromatar arkitekturan —arku semizirkular baten zabalera bere altuerako bikoitza da. – Erromatar arkitekturako ikerketa honetatik simetria eta proportzioarekiko zaletasuna etorri zen eta eraikuntzak kontuan hartzen dira bere osotasunean beste detaileak haien arteko eraginak izaten. – Lanak: Florenziako Katedraleko kupula, Hospital degli Innocenti, San Lorenzo
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  24. 24. Renaissance Architecture • Quattrocento: Michelozzo – He was an architect under the patronage of the Medici family, his most famous work being the Palazzo Medici Riccardi. A decade later he built the Villa Medici at Fiesole. – He was one of the first architects to work in the Renaissance style outside Italy. – The Palazzo Medici Riccardi is Classical in the details of its pedimented window and recessed doors, but, unlike the works of Brunelleschi and Alberti, there are no orders of columns in evidence. Instead, Michelozzo has respected the Florentine liking for rusticated stone. He has seemingly created three orders out of the three defined rusticated levels, the whole being surmounted by an enormous Romanstyle cornice which juts out over the street by 2.5 meters.
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  26. 26. Renaissance Architecture • Quattrocento: Alberti – Alberti perceived the architect as a person with great social responsibilities. – He designed a number of buildings, but unlike Brunelleschi, he did not see himself as a builder in a practical sense and so left the supervision of the work – Dynamic buildings. – Triumphal façades marked by extreme contrasts. Projection of the order of pilasters that define the architectural elements. – The light and shade play dramatically over the surface of the building. – Works: San Andres of Mantua, Palazzo Rucellai and Santa Maria Novella.
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  28. 28. Renaissance Architecture • High Renaissance: Bramante – In Rome Bramante created what has been described as "a perfect architectural gem", the Tempietto in the Cloister of San Pietro in Montorio. This small circular temple marks the spot where St Peter was martyred. The building adapts the style apparent in the remains of the Temple of Vesta, the most sacred site of Ancient Rome. It is enclosed by and in spatial contrast with the cloister which surrounds it. – Bramante went on to work at the Vatican where he designed the impressive Cortili of St. Damaso and of the Belvedere. In 1506 Bramante’s design for Pope Julius II’s rebuilding of St. Peter’s Basilica was selected, and the foundation stone laid. – Works: San Pietro in Montorio, Santa Maria delle Grazie
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  30. 30. Renaissance Architecture • High Renaissance: Sangallo – His fame rests upon his association with the Farnese Palace, “the grandest palace of this period”, started in 1530. – The impression of grandness lies in part in its sheer size, (56 m long by 29.5 meters high) and in its lofty location overlooking a broad piazza. It is also a building of beautiful proportion, unusual for such a large and luxurious house of the date in having been built principally of stuccoed brick, rather than of stone. Against the smooth pink-washed walls the stone quoins of the corners, the massive rusticated portal and the stately repetition of finely-detailed windows give a powerful effect, setting a new standard of elegance in palace-building.
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  32. 32. Renaissance Architecture • Mannerism: Michelangelo – Michelangelo’s dome of Saint Peter was a masterpiece of design using two masonry shells, one within the other and crowned by a massive lantern supported, as at Florence, on ribs. For the exterior of the building he designed a giant order which defines every external bay, the whole lot being held together by a wide cornice which runs unbroken like a rippling ribbon around the entire building. – Laurentian library: It is a long low building with an ornate wooden ceiling, a matching floor and crowded with corrals. But it is a light room, the natural lighting streaming through a long row of windows that appear positively crammed between the order of pilasters that march along the wall. The vestibule, on the other hand, is tall, taller than it is wide and is crowded by a large staircase that pours out of the library, and bursts in three directions when it meets the balustrade of the landing. It is an intimidating staircase, made all the more so because the rise of the stairs at the centre is steeper than at the two sides, fitting only eight steps into the space of nine.
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  34. 34. Renaissance Architecture • Mannerism: Palladio – Palladio was to transform the architectural style of both palaces and churches by taking a different perspective on the notion of Classicism. – When he used the “triumphal arch” motif of a large arched opening with lower square-topped opening on either side, he invariably applied it on a small scale, such as windows. – This Ancient Roman motif is often referred to as the Palladian Arch. – Works: Villa Capra, San Giorgio Maggiore.
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  36. 36. Renaissance Architecture • Geography: France – During the early years of the 16th century the French were involved in wars in northern Italy, bringing back to France not just the Renaissance art treasures as their war booty, but also stylistic ideas. – In the Loire Valley a wave of building was carried and many Renaissance chateaux appeared at this time, the earliest example being the Château d'Amboise (c. 1495) in which Leonardo da Vinci spent his last years. The style became dominant under Francis I .
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  38. 38. Berpizkundeko arkitektura • Geography: Netherlands – As in painting, Renaissance architecture took some time to reach the Netherlands and did not entirely supplant the Gothic elements. – In the early 17th century developed the Amsterdam Renaissance style, not slavishly following the classical style but incorporating many decorative elements, and giving a result that could also be categorized as Mannerism. – Local characteristics include the prevalence of tall narrow town-houses, the "trapgevel" or Dutch gable and the employment of decorative triangular pediments over doors and windows in which the apex rises much more steeply than in most other Renaissance architecture, but in keeping with the profile of the gable.
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  40. 40. Renaissance Architecture • Geography: England – Renaissance architecture arrived in England during the reign of Elizabeth I, having first spread through the Low countries where among other features it acquired versions of the Dutch gable, and Flemish strap work in geometric designs adorning the walls. The new style tended to manifest itself in large square tall houses such as Longleat House. – The first great exponent of Renaissance architecture in England was Inigo Jones (1573–1652), who had studied architecture in Italy where the influence of Palladio was very strong. He began to design such buildings as the Queen's House at Greenwich and the Banqueting House at Whitehall. These works, with their clean lines, and symmetry were revolutionary in a country still enamoured with mullion windows, crenelations and turrets
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  42. 42. Renaissance Architecture • Geography: Spain – In Spain, Renaissance began to be grafted to Gothic forms in the last decades of the 15th century. – The new style is called Plateresque, because of the extremely decorated facades, that brought to the mind the decorative motifs of the intricately detailed work of silversmiths, the “Plateros”.
  43. 43. Renaissance Architecture – Classical orders and candelabra motifs (a candelieri) combined freely into symmetrical wholes.
  44. 44. Renaissance Architecture – architects as Pedro Machuca, Juan Bautista de Toledo and Juan de Herrera there was a closer adherence to the art of ancient Rome, sometimes anticipating Manierism, examples of which include the palace of Charles V in Granada and the Escorial.
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