Santa Maria Novella (Florence, Italy) : Aerial view of Santa Maria Novella depicting context, from Boboli Gardens

Creator:
Alberti, Leon Battista, 1404-1472
Rucellai, Giovanni, 1475-1525
Talenti, Francesco, born 1300-1310, died after 1369
Published/Created:
Florence, Tuscany, Italy
1458-1470 (façade) (alteration); ca. 1246-1399
Date Depicted:
10/1/1998
500 AD - 1499 AD
Materials:
marble
Notes:
The second design commissioned by Giovanni Rucellai, the spectacular green-and-white patterned stone façade of S Maria Novella, was begun in or soon after 1458, the year in which Rucellai obtained rights of patronage, and was probably completed in 1470. For this project, Alberti was not only faced with the problem of devising a classical scheme for a church with a tall nave and lower side aisles, but he was also required to incorporate the beginnings of an earlier façade. To provide a visual transition from the wider lower storey to the narrower upper one, Alberti installed a pair of giant S-shaped scrolls [reversed volutes], inspired by those of Brunelleschi's lantern (designed 1436) at Florence Cathedral.
Topics:
Architecture -- Italy -- 13th century -- (YVRC)
Architecture -- Italy -- 14th century -- (YVRC)
Period/Style:
Medieval
Renaissance
Culture:
Italian
Accession Number:
1A1-AL-SM-A1
Genre:
architecture (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:
architectural exteriors construction buildings; religious buildings; churches
Source Creator:
Gilchrist, Scott
Source Title:
Archivision Base Collection
Source Created:
2878 Chamonix, Montreal QC
Archivision, Inc.
10/1/1998
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:
10086374
PID:
digcoll:1846319