San Maria della Consolazione
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Architect Cola da Caprarola
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Location Todi, Italy   map
Date 1508   timeline
Building Type church
 Construction System cut stone masonry
Climate mediterranean
Style Renaissance
Notes Greek-cross plan.


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Discussion San Maria della Consolazione Commentary

"S. Maria della Consolazione, Todi, begun under the supervision of Cola da Caprarola, is a pilgrimage church of unclear authorship; it seems to be related to Bramante's S. Peter's, begun two years before, and also recalls Leonardo's 'ideal' church designs. The geometrically composed centrally-planned building is perhaps the most perfect and uncompromising example of its theoretically desirable type. A square crossing surmounted by a dome is abutted by four semi-domed apses, the one containing the altar being semicircular, the other three polygonal. The interior unusually combines double storeys of pilasters with a giant order at the crossing."

— Sir Banister Fletcher. A History of Architecture. p872.

Sources on San Maria della Consolazione

Werner Blaser and Monica Stucky. Drawings of Great Buildings. Boston: Birkhauser Verlag, 1983. ISBN 3-7643-1522-9. LC 83-15831. NA2706.U6D72 1983. plan and section drawings, p117. — Available at

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. transformation diagram, p208. — Updated edition available at

Donald Corner and Jenny Young. Slide from photographer's collection. PCD.2260.1012.1834.071. PCD.2260.1012.1834.075.

Sir Banister Fletcher. Sir Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture. 18th ed., revised by J.C. Palmes. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1975. ISBN 684-14207-4. NA200.F63. drawings, p825. discussion, p823. — The classic text of architectural history. Expanded 1996 edition available at

Sir Banister Fletcher. A History of Architecture. Boston: Butterworths, 1987. ISBN 0-408-01587-X. NA200.F63 1987. discussion p872.

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. elevation drawing, plate 12, p23. plan drawing, plate 12, p23.

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


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