Exhibition notes “Italian Renaissance Architecture: Brunelleschi, Sangallo, Michelangelo” at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. December 18, 1994—March 19, 1995

For those of us who missed last summer’s sumptuous exhibition of Renaissance architecture in Venice, the much reduced version of the show at the National Gallery, Washington, is consoling. It offers a glimpse of the complex, often tortuous history of the construction of three paradigmatic buildings of the Renaissance—the cathedrals of Florence and Pavia, and St. Peter’s, Rome— with drawings, engravings, quotations from Renaissance commentators, and, most dramatically, fourteen spectacular architect’s models. It’s all absorbing—from preliminary sketches to finished records, from carefully measured studies to meticulous renderings of the models, as well as views of the neighborhoods before and after...

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