Brunelleschi and The Romans: A Comparison of Technique Essay

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In a time of rebirth and revival of classical thinking into something entirely new, Filippo Brunelleschi thrived as an inspirational architect. He combined Romanesque traditions, with the modern age Renaissance thinking to create a new and defined style of architecture. One of Brunelleschi's most influential works, the Pazzi Chapel, clearly illustrated Roman influence on architecture during the Renaissance. The Pazzi Chapel's overall design was influenced by Brunelleschi's study of building designs in Rome, geometric engineering, and stylistic elements such as: columns, the importance of light, and arches. The great architect of the Renaissance would live on being known as the man who revived Roman style in architecture instead of …show more content…
Through independent study, Brunelleschi could truly focus on what interested him and thus making it a passion of his. After his time spent in Rome, Brunelleschi moved back to Florence where he was “responsible for initiating the rediscovery of ancient Roman architecture” because he “understood its inherent principles and he employed them in an original manner” (Meek np). As a result it is indisputable that Brunelleschi’s Roman studies contributed to the design scheme of the Pazzi Chapel. Geometric elements and very careful engineering are a common theme found in Roman architecture and Brunelleschi’s Pazzi Chapel. When designing a building, Brunelleschi “employed a proportional system of his own invention” that allowed for geometrical harmony by having “all units […] relate to a simple module” (Meek np). The technique of uniformity gave a sense of unity and thereby serenity to the chapel. It makes perfect sense that Brunelleschi would be drawn to this systematic approach seeing as he was very interested in mathematics early in his career.
Brunelleschi and the Romans both employed symmetry as large design component. Even by looking only at the front of the Pazzi Chapel, one can see that there is symmetry present in the spacing and design
Pazzi Chapel 1: By looking at the front, one can observe the geometrical patterns present. There are many repeating shapes and vertical symmetry, as well. Romans also had a fascination with geometry and

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