Bramante – 15th Century

Posted: December 16, 2010 in Uncategorized

After the long night of darkness which overshadowed learning and the arts in the Middle Ages, the dawn of a new era, to which was given the name of the Renaissance, began. The period of Raphael brings the great revival of stucco work. Donato Bramante was an Italian architect, who introduced the Early Renaissance style to Milan and the High Renaissance style to Rome. He was the chief architect of his day, was uncle to Raphael, and inspired his nephew with an enthusiastic love for architecture and archaeological research.

He invented “a mixture of lime” with which to decorate the exterior of his houses with festoons and friezes of foliage, and one of his last works was the building, in 1513, of Raphael’s own house, which was decorated with stucco.

Later, Bramante went on to design St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. His design was the winner of a contest and was the foundation for Michelangelo’s dome design. Bramante died in 1514.

Bramante's dome

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