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San Giorgio Maggiore [complex]

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dc.coverage.spatial Site: Venice, Veneto, Italy en_US
dc.coverage.temporal 1560-1610 (creation) en_US
dc.creator Palladio, Andrea en_US 1560-1610 en_US 2013-03-11T20:37:19Z 2013-03-11T20:37:19Z 1560-1610 en_US
dc.identifier 199109 en_US
dc.identifier.other archrefid: 1207 en_US
dc.description Close side view of the altar; [The cloister (1579-ca. 1650) is also attributed to Palladio.] In 1560 Palladio began a series of works in the city of Venice. His refectory (1560-1563) at the Benedictine monastery of S Giorgio Maggiore on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore is in every sense a monumental testimony to Palladio's urge to create a style in the manner of Classical antiquity that was both severe and imposing. The unusually high-placed windows, like the dimensions of other individual parts from the portal to the cornice around the building, celebrate architectural form as an end in itself, almost regardless of the building's function. The success of this work resulted in Palladio's commission (1564) to rebuild the monastery church of S Giorgio Maggiore. In 1566 work began on the new church of S Giorgio Maggiore. The facade was not completed until 1610, and it has been suggested that deviations from Palladio's original plan resulted from the protracted building process. The articulation of the facade, which was intended to be seen at a distance from the city, is intensified dynamically towards the centre. The part of the facade in front of the nave resembles an open temple portico attached to a closed wall, its four engaged columns considerably thicker than the pilasters framing the lower aisle sections of the facade. The question of the authenticity of the facade design, particularly the high pedestal zone, remains unresolved. Source: Grove Art Online; (accessed 1/25/2008) en_US
dc.format.medium brick; stucco en_US
dc.rights © Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc. en_US
dc.subject architectural exteriors en_US
dc.subject Benedictines en_US
dc.subject Renaissance en_US
dc.title San Giorgio Maggiore [complex] en_US
dc.type image en_US
dc.rights.access Licensed for educational and research use by the MIT community only en_US
dc.identifier.vendorcode 1A1-PA-SGM-G4 en_US
vra.culturalContext Italian en_US
vra.technique construction (assembling) en_US
vra.worktype monastery en_US
vra.worktype church en_US
dc.contributor.display Andrea Palladio (Italian architect, 1508-1580) en_US

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