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Painter, sculptor and architect of Florence, 1475 - 1564

After the death of Pope Julius and the election of Pope Leo X: "Being no less grandiose than Julius in mind and spirit, Leo determined to leave in his native city [of Florence] such marvels as only a great ruler, as he was, could undertake. Thus he gave orders for the completion of the facade of San Lorenzo; and this was why the tomb of Pope Julius remained unfinished." I-362
Plan for the facade of San Lorenzo
Wooden model attributed to Michelangelo
"For the Medici Palace he made a model for the windows with supporting volutes that belong to the apartments at the corner." I-364


Medici Palace (ground floor windows)
The new Pope, Clement VII, and Michelangelo "resolved to finish completely the sacristy and the new library of San Lorenzo in Florence. So Michelangelo raised the cupola of the sacristy as we see it today." I-365

Dome, New Sacristy, San Lorenzo
"He wanted to execute the work in imitation of the old sacristy made by Filippo Brunelleschi but with different decorative features; and so he did the ornamentation in a composite order, in a style more varied and original than any other master, ancient or modern, has been able to achieve." I-366

New Sacristy (detail)
"For the beautiful cornices, capitals bases, doors, tabernacles and tombs were extremely novel, and in them he departed a great deal from the kind of architecture regulated by proportion, order and rule which other artists did according to common usage and following Vitruvius and the works of antiquity but from which Michelangelo wanted to break away." I-366
New Sacristy (detail)
"Later Michelangelo sought to make known and to demonstrate his new ideas in the library of San Lorenzo; namely, in the beautiful distribution of the windows, the pattern of the ceiling and the marvellous entrance of the vestibule." I-366

Biblioteca Laurentiana (vestibule)
Biblioteca Laurentiana (ceiling)
Biblioteca Laurentiana (windows)
"Nor was there ever seen such resolute grace, both in detail and overall effect, as in the consoles, tabernacles, and cornices, nor any stairway made more commodious. And in this stairway, he made such strange breaks in the design of the steps and he departed in so many details and so widely from normal practice, that everyone was astonished." I-367
Biblioteca Laurentiana (staircase)

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