San Lorenzo, Laurentian Library (Florence, Italy) : Circular reading room, view of floor patterns at the entry

Creator:
Ammanati, Bartolomeo, 1511-1592
Giorgio Vasari, 1511-1574
Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1475-1564
Published/Created:
Florence, Tuscany, Italy
ca. 1523-1562
Date Depicted:
9/1/1994
1500 AD - 1699 AD
Materials:
pietra serena
stone
stucco
Notes:
When Cardinal Giulio was elected to the papacy in November 1523, he commissioned Michelangelo to design at S Lorenzo a public library, the Biblioteca Laurenziana, to house the library of his uncle Lorenzo the Magnificent. The result was one of the most beautiful and coherent interior spaces in Western architecture (the reading room) and a vestibule (ricetto) that continues to inspire both controversy and artistic emulation. As built by Ammanati, the stairs diverge slightly from Michelangelo's intentions, but retain the flowing, dream-like invention evident in his description. The vestibule has been seen as the epitome of Michelangelo's Mannerist architectural style.
Variant Titles:
Biblioteca Laurenziana
Topics:
Architecture -- Italy -- 16th century -- (YVRC)
Period/Style:
Mannerist
Culture:
Italian
Accession Number:
1A1-MB-LL-F4
Genre:
architecture (AAT)
libraries (buildings) (AAT)
Format:
Image
Content Type:
Sculptures, Models, & Architecture
Rights:
Copyright Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc
The use of this image may be subject to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) or to site license or other rights management terms and conditions. The person using the image is liable for any infringement.
Access Restrictions:
Yale Community Only
Digital:
rulers and leaders; Medici family construction architectural elements; stairs; buildings; libraries (buildings) interior
Source Creator:
Gilchrist, Scott
Source Title:
Archivision Base Collection
Source Created:
2878 Chamonix, Montreal QC
Archivision, Inc.
9/1/1994
Source Note:
Purchase, Visual Resources Collection, May, 2011; photographer Scott Gilchrist
Yale Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Digital Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Local Record Number:
4152
OID:
10090315
PID:
digcoll:1834998