S. Maria degli Angeli
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Architect Filippo Brunelleschi
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Location Florence, Italy   map
Date 1434 to 1437   timeline
Building Type church
 Construction System cut stone masonry
Climate mediterranean
Context urban
Style Renaissance
Notes Round plan.




Elevation Drawing

Plan Drawing

Plan Drawing


Section Drawing

Discussion S. Maria degli Angeli Commentary

"Sta. Maria degli Angeli, an oratory built for the Camaldolese monastery in Florence and dedicated to the Virgin and twelve apostles, was begun in 1434 and, for lack of funds, was left incomplete in 1437. The building reached a height of only about 15 feet in the three years of work, and remained in its unfinished state until the 1930s when it was completed in an unattractive and controversial manner. Unusual in form, Sta. Maria degli Angeli was planned as a domed octagon with a sixteen-sided exterior; semicircular niches were cut into every other facet of the exterior wall. Inside, eight chapels with deeply recessed lateral apses opened off the sides of the octagon, and were linked by a narrow passageway that pierced the apses and served as an ambulatory around the octagon."

— Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture: from Prehistory to Post-Modernism. p287-8.

Sources on S. Maria degli Angeli

Eugenio Battisti. Filippo Brunelleschi. Milan: Electa. NA1123.B8B36. elevation drawing, f271, p252.

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. drawings and diagrams, p28-29. — Updated edition available at

Sir Banister Fletcher. Sir Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture. 19th ed., edited by John Musgrove. London: Butterworths, 1987. NA200.F63. ISBN 0-408-01587-X. discussion, p848. — The classic text of architectural history. Expanded 1996 edition available at

Isabelle Hyman. Brunelleschi in Perspective. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 1974. exterior perspective from ground level, f19.

John Fitzhugh Millar. Classical Architecture in Renaissance Europe 1419-1585. Virginia: Thirteen Colonies Press, 1987. ISBN 0-934943-07-9. LC 86-50560. NA510.M55. section drawing, plate3, p10. plan drawing, plate3, p10.

Pier Luigi Nervi, ed. History of World Architecture. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1971. LC 70-149850. NA510.M87. elevation, p43. plan, p43.

Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture, from Prehistory to Post-Modernism. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1986. ISBN 0-13-044702-1. NA200.T7. p287-278. — Available at

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about S. Maria degli Angeli


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