7 European Renaissance works worthy of admiration

 

1.- Santa Maria Novella, Florence

The Basilica of Santa Maria Novella was built over a church of Dominican monks arrived in Florence circa 1200. Although the facade was unfinished until 1458 the rich Florentine merchant Giovanni Rucellai's built in marble, works started in 1279 and ended in the mid-fourteenth century. The façade was responsible for Leon Battista Alberti. On the pediment is written the name of the patron and the symbol of the Rucellai family, a candle. To the left of the church, by the entrance of the old museum, is the Museum of Santa Maria Novella.

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2.- Cogollado Palace, Guadalajara

The Renaissance came into Spain taking the example of a style previously developed in Italy. Cogolludo Palace in Guadalajara is the first match this artistic movement. It was built by Don Luis de la Cerda as the residence of his daughter Dona Leonor.

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3.- Florence Cathedral, Florence

Construction of the cathedral began in 1296, more than two centuries after the cathedrals of nearby cities such as Pisa and Lucca. The building lasted 72 years and ended in 1368. The architect was Arnolfo di Cambio.

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4.- House of shells, Salamanca

It is located in a prime location opposite the Clergy in Salamanca Monumental Area. It is a sober Gothic building, with contents of the style plateresco typical Spanish renaissance, as well as Mudejar touches.

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5.- Hospital of Inocenti

The Ospedale degli Innocentifue an orphanage for children of Florence, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, who was commissioned in 1419. He is considered an outstanding example of architecture of the first Italian Renaissance. The hospital, with a galería frente a la Plaza Santissima Annunziata, was built and run by the “Art Silk” or Silk Guild of Florence. This guild was one of the richest of the city and, as most of the brotherhoods, philanthropic obligations assumed.

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6.- Home of the Chapel of the Knights of the Cathedral of Cuenca

It was founded by García Alvarez de Albornoz and his wife Teresa de Luna, in the thirteenth century and was restored between 1520 and 1531, in its current location. The chapel is the work of Antonio Florez. It has two masterpieces, bars made by Esteban Limousin. From the previous chapel's tombstone is retained Ms.. Teresa de Luna and several tombs with recumbent statues alabaster, the father and brother of Cardinal García Alvarez de Albornoz and Alvar Garcia de Albornoz, made in the sixteenth century, during the reforms of the chapel. It has three altars called the Crucifixion, Piety and the Adoration of the Kings, work of Yáñez of the Almedina, which highlights the Italianate influence of Leonardo Da Vinci; there are also several paintings Orrente. Calvary that crowns the altarpiece of the Assumption is the work of Martín Gómez, Old, painter of the sixteenth century, follower Yáñez of the Almedina.

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7.- Basilica of San Pedro

The Basilica of San Pedro holds inside the Holy See, and is the most important religious temple of Catholicism and the church where the Pope celebrates the most important liturgies.

The Basilica of San Pedro has a capacity for 20.000 people. Measures 190 meters long and the nave has 46 meters. The dome reaches a height of 136 meters.

Among the works of art that can be found inside include the Canopy of Bernini, The Pieta by Michelangelo and the statue of San Pedro on his throne. The latter has the right foot worn by the kisses of the faithful.

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Written by Marta Pírez

 

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