San Sebastiano
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Architect Leon Battista Alberti
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Location Mantua, Italy   map
Date 1459   timeline
Building Type church
 Construction System bearing masonry
Climate mediterranean
Context urban
Style Renaissance




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Discussion San Sebastiano Commentary

"Alberti's churches in Mantua, designed for Marquis Ludovico Gonzaga, are reinterpretations of ecclesiastical architecture in antique terms. San Sebastiano is a Greek-cross votive church raised over a high crypt packed with piers. The faŤade (the steps are modern) is a flattened temple front articulated with four pilasters, the central window breaking into the pediment. It is a puzzling structure, never completed, and marred by twentieth-century restorations."

— Sir Banister Fletcher. A History of Architecture. discussion p854.

Sources on San Sebastiano

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. grid geometry diagram, p195. — Updated edition available at

Renato De Fusco. L'Architettura Del Quattrocento. Torino: Unione Tipografico-Editrice Torinese, 1984. ISBN 88-02-03801-5. NA1115.D37 1984. section drawing, p90. plan drawing of crypt, p90.

Sir Banister Fletcher. A History of Architecture. Boston: Butterworths, 1987. ISBN 0-408-01587-X. NA200.F63 1987. discussion, p854.

Richard E. Lamoureux. Alberti's Church of San Sebastiano in Mantua. New York: Graland Publishing, 1979. ISBN 0-8240-3958-0. LC 78-74370. NA5621.M33L35. site plan drawing, f20, p254. section drawing, f28, p262.

Peter Murray. Architecture of the Renaissance. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1971. ISBN 8109-1000-4. LC 70-149850. NA510.M87. elevation reconstruction drawing, f77, p63. Wittkower's reconstruction. plan drawing, f78, p63.

Pier Luigi Nervi, ed. History of World Architecture. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1971. LC 70-149850. NA510.M87. plan, elevation drawings, p63.

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


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