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San Lorenzo, Florence
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Architect Filippo Brunelleschi
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Location Florence, Italy   map
Date 1421 to 1440   timeline
Building Type church
 Construction System bearing masonry
Climate mediterranean
Context urban
Style Italian Renaissance
Notes "Church of San Lorenzo". Domed. The New Sacristy, or Medici Chapel, was done starting 1520 by Michelangelo.


Photo, interior, looking toward altar

Photo, exterior overview

Photo, cloister loggia


Plan Drawing



Site Plan Drawing

Section Drawing

Elevation Drawing

Discussion San Lorenzo, Florence Commentary

"Brunelleschi designed the Sacrestia Vecchia ('Old Sacristy' to distinguish it from the 'new' one built in the sixteenth century in the same church by Michelangelo) as a cube surmounted by a hemispherical dome on pendentives, a device he adapted from the Byzantine practice of bridging the corners of the square to provide a circular base for the dome. (The great domed spaces of Renaissance architecture can trace their origins to Brunelleschi's concept.) Ringed by windows at its base, the dome was partitioned by ribs into twelve webs, each with a segmentally curved base line. A smaller cube, similarly vaulted, formed the altar chapel. The dimensions of the sacristy square became the module for the room's proportional scheme linking plan to elevation, and one of Brunelleschi's most influential contributions to the evolution of Renaissance architectural style was the expression of that scheme by the geometric patterns formed by the dark gray stone, known as pietra serena, against the light stucco walls."

— Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture: from Prehistory to Post-Modernism. p284-5.

Sources on San Lorenzo, Florence

Werner Blaser and Monica Stucky. Drawings of Great Buildings. Boston: Birkhauser Verlag, 1983. ISBN 3-7643-1522-9. LC 83-15831. NA2706.U6D72 1983. plan and section drawings, p110. — Available at Amazon.com

Eugenio Battista. Filippo Brunelleschi. Milan: Electra Editrice. exterior aerial view, plate 177, p175.

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. ISBN 0-442-21668-8. LC 84-3543. NA2750.C55 1984. drawings and diagrams, p24-25. — Updated edition available at Amazon.com

Ludwig G. Heydenreich and Wolfgang Lotz. Architecture in Italy 1400 to 1600. Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England: Penguin Books, 1974. ISBN 14-0560.38-6. NA1115.H4913. worm's eye axonometric section drawing, f5, p10.

Peter Murray. Architecture of the Renaissance. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1971. ISBN 8109-1000-4. LC 70-149850. NA510.M87. east/west section drawing, f37, p36.

John Julius Norwich, ed. Great Architecture of the World. London: Mitchell Beazley Publishers, 1975. interior photo, plan drawing, p144. Reprint edition: Da Capo Press, April 1991. ISBN 0-3068-0436-0. — An accessible, inspiring and informative overview of world architecture, with lots of full-color cutaway drawings, and clear explanations. Available at Amazon.com

Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture, from Prehistory to Post-Modernism. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1986. ISBN 0-13-044702-1. LC 85-11988. NA200.T7 1985b. interior photo of New Sacristy, f497, p311. Old Sacristy section drawing, f448, p284. — available at Amazon.com

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.—



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