San Lorenzo (1421-1470)

S. Lorenzo was the parish church of the Medici family, the project entailed rebuilding an older monastic church. The original structure had a Latin cross plan. This involves a square central crossing, a square choir, and many small square chapels on the sides. Brunelleschi strenghtened this plan by implementing humanistic ideas. The ceiling was made flat, colonnades and arches seperated the aisles, and proportion was balanced in the space. The square and sense of geometry directs the space by repeating to form all other areas, "in this way, the spectator standing in one of the aisles looks across the transept to the opening of a chapel which is related in size to the nave and aisles; and the total effect is therefore much more harmonious." (Murray, p. 40)

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