Italian Architecture: From Michelangelo to Borrominiby Andrew Hopkins
The years from 1520 to 1630 were crucial to the development of Western architecture, but to reduce the transition from Michelangelo's "licentious" New Sacristy in Florence to Borromini's innovative S. Carlo alle Quattro Fontane to the label Mannerist is coming to seem unduly simplistic. Andrew Hopkins stresses the variety of ideas being tried out at this time in response to the changing demands of function, patronage, politics and local traditions, exploring a wide range of Italian buildings (including those outside the major centers), and introducing dozens of neglected architects whose works will come as a revelation. By 1630, a consensus had emerged and architecture took on a new dynamism that would soon conquer Italy, Europe and the New World: the Baroque.
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