Tempietto, San Pietro in Montorio

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Donato Bramante, 1444–1514

Rome, Italy; 1508–11

In 1506 Bramante started work on the great domed Basilica of St Peter in Rome (pages 32–33). An enormous undertaking, it was not finished until long after his death, by when the design had been modified by many hands and no longer looked like Bramante’s work. In contrast, the little shrine that he designed for San Pietro in Montorio had an importance much greater than its size would suggest, as an authoritative example of Bramante’s considered idea about what architecture should be. Serlio and Palladio in their books about architecture published illustrations of ...

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