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