excerpt | bramante's half plan i



in the early sixteenth century, pope julius second commissioned the rebuilding of st peter's basilica in rome. he decided to pull down constantine's original church, which was then more than a thousand years old, and start all over again, with the controversial goal being to demolish a stunning existing building in order to design and erect the most magnificent church in all of christendom. it was a quest for perfection.

what the pope got back from bramante was half of a plan.

 

forster, a. c. (2014) bramante's half plan, essay

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