Architecture Museum of Boise

Architecture of the Renaissance

Renaissance Architecture Exhibit

Renaissance architecture is the architecture of the period between the early 15th and 17th centuries in many different regions in Europe. Architecture from the Renaissance was influenced by ancient Greek and Roman architecture and Gothic architecture. Renaissance architecture puts and emphasis on symmetry, proportion, and geometry.


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Florence Cathedral

The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore is the main church of Florence, Italy. The Florence Cathedral was finished in 1436 and was designed with a Gothic architecture style. The Basilica is one of Italy's largest churches and is also currently the largest brick dome ever built. The cathedral is also the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Florence.

The Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel is located in Vatican City. It's also the official residence of the pope of Vatican City. The chapel got its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who restored the chapel between 1477 and 1480. The most unique and famous feature of the chapel is the ceiling. The ceiling is covered by a large painting by Michelangelo.

Brunelleschi's Santo Spirito

The Santo Spirito is a church located in Florence, Italy in the Oltrarno quarter. The interior of the building is one of the more dominant examples of Renaissance architecture. The church was constructed over the pre-existing ruins of an Augustinian priory from the 13th century, which was destroyed by a fire. This building also has a work of art done by Michelangelo.
Brunelleschi's Santo Spirito, Florence, 1428-81

St. Peter's Basilica

St. Peter's Basilica is a church that is located within Vatican City. This Basilica is one of the largest churches in the world and is the most well-known work of Renaissance architecture. St. Peter's Basilica is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic sites. It has been described as "holding a unique position in the Christian world" and as "the greatest of all churches of Christendom."
Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, begun 1506, completed 1626