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ITALIAN CARVED WALNUT MODEL OF THE PROPOSED FAÇADE OF SAN LORENZO


The Basilica of San Lorenzo is one of the largest and most iconic buildings of Florence. The church, which was consecrated in 393 AD, was the parish church of the Medici and served as the family’s burial place from Cosimo il Vecchio to Cosimo III. In 1419 Giovanni de Bicci de Medici hired Filippo Brunelleschi to design a new building that was to replace the old Romanesque structure. However, due to financial difficulties, the new basilica was only partially finished during Brunelleschi’s lifetime and artists of future generations left their indelible marks on the building. These artists include Michelangelo Brunelleschi’s first plans for the building. Leo X commissioned Michelangelo to prepare designs for the uncompleted outer and inner facades of San Lorenzo. Out of the two, only the inner façade was built, incorporating three doors between two pilasters decorated with oak and laurel festoons and a balcony supported by Corinthian columns.

By Bartolozzi E Maioli, after a design by Michelangelo
Mid 20th century


CO654-117

26 ½” wide x 7” deep x 20” high


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