Renaissance Comparison Essay

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Renaissance Comparison

The Italy architecture had reflected an interest in ancient Rome models. The construction of The Palazzo Medici-Riccardi started in 1445 and was finished in 1452. It was 70 feet tall. The building was designed by Michelozzo Di Bartolommeo for the Elder Cosimo. In the seventeenth century the Riccardi family acquired the building and had expanded the building going northward. They had remolded the buildings inside partially. The Palazzo Medici-Riccardi was located on the corner of Via Larga which was the widest street in Florence Italy. Michelozzo created this building that had three stories and was made of stone. The building seems lighter and taller as one would look upward to the great cornice that had defined the building outline. With the transition of the floor level rusticated masonry to the third level stone work. According to (1995-2010) the exterior feature is the windows on the ground floor which has a decoration that is beautiful and the second floor window is over hung by a cornice that is heavy. The corner that is opposite of San Lorenzo is what is called the Medici coat of arms which is seven balls topped by a lily. The interior of the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi was redesigned by the Riccardi family. There are some rooms that were left it was when the Medici had owned the building. The now museum holds some art and furnishings that was owned by the Medici family. In the palace Chapel there is a stairway the leads up from what is called the square court yard. This had twelve marble medallions that was above the colonnade. Then came the smaller court yard that was a garden. This was designed by Michelozzo along with the wall frescoes. The frescoes was very well preserved it had bright colors present. This picture is from the 15th century and culture of the Renaissance.

Figure 1 Palazzo Medici-Riccardi retrieved from

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