Donato Bramante: redefining the rules of Western architecture more than 500 years ago

The 500th anniversary of Bramante's death is commemorated - among other initiatives- with the issue of a postage stamp, featuring the spiral staircase that he designed for the Octagonal Courtyard in the Vatican Museums

The 500th anniversary of Bramante’s death is commemorated – among other initiatives- with the issue of a postage stamp, featuring the spiral staircase that he designed for the Octagonal Courtyard in the Vatican Museums

We all watched Paolo Sorrentino’s Academy Award-winning film The Great Beauty, and we all dreamed of walking with the protagonist through the Rome’s magnificent Renaissance architecture.

One of the most beautiful spots celebrated by the movie and loved by tourists from all over the world is certainly Bramante’s Tempietto at San Pietro in Montorio, near Gianicolo and the monumental Fontana dell’Acqua Paola. This small treasure, hidden in the church’s courtyard, was commissioned to Donato Bramante in 1502 by Pope Alexander VI to honor the alleged place where St. Peter was crucified, and it marked the beginning of High Renaissance style in Rome.

Along with Michelangelo and Raffaello, Bramante was, in fact, one of the greatest Italian architects and painters of that period. This year marks the 500th anniversary of his death (1444-1514), commemorated – among other initiatives – with the issue of a postage stamp, featuring the spiral staircase that he designed for the Octagonal Courtyard in the Vatican Museums, and a special exhibition in Vicenza (November 9, 2014 through February 8, 2015), showcasing the artist’s revolutionary project for St. Peter’s Basilica.

Read full article published by L’Italo Americano on October 30, 2014 by Silvia Simonetti: http://italoamericano.com/story/2014-10-30/Bramante

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