Dome of Saint Peter's

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  • Dome of Saint Peter's
  • View: View from north east

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Title

Dome of Saint Peter's
View: View from north east

Subject

architecture; architectural elements

Description

The cupola was probably not included on Michelangelo's 1547 model, and it was not until 1558 that the carpenters began work on the larger-scale model (1:5; Rome, Vatican, Mus. Stor. A. Tesoro S Pietro) for the drum and dome, which Michelangelo justifiably felt to be the last task of his life (he was then 83). Whereas Bramante and Antonio da Sangallo (ii) had favoured an all'antica single-shell dome, Michelangelo's was to be composed of two hemispherical shells. His starting-point for the double shell--and the design in general--was Brunelleschi's cupola of Florence Cathedral (he had made an unexecuted project ca. 1520 for the completion of its drum; Saalman, 1978). Even closer to Brunelleschi's cupola was Giacomo della Porta's dome as built, with its pointed profile, but despite the changes he introduced he retained most of the salient features of Michelangelo's concept. Particularly impressive is the vertical correspondence of the 16-sided lantern and drum, connected by the emphatic ribs of the dome.

Creator

Domenico Fontana (Italian architect, 1543-1607); Giacomo della Porta (Italian architect, ca. 1532-ca. 1604); Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian architect, 1475-1564)

Source

Description: Grove Art Online; http://www.oxfordartonline.com/

Date

ca. 1546-1590 (creation)

Contributor

Fredlund, William

Rights

William Fredlund

Relation

part of Saint Peter's Basilica

Format

marble; brick
452 ft (height) x 138 ft (diameter)

Type

dome (architectural element)

Identifier

mich007.jpg

Coverage

Saint Peter's (Rome (Vatican City), Santa Sede (Holy See), Italy)
Renaissance

Files

Citation

Domenico Fontana (Italian architect, 1543-1607); Giacomo della Porta (Italian architect, ca. 1532-ca. 1604); Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian architect, 1475-1564), “Dome of Saint Peter's,” Institute Images Online, accessed November 19, 2018, http://westerncivart.com/items/show/2984.

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