Tempietto of San Pietro
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Architect Donato Bramante
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Location Montorio, Rome, Italy   map
Date 1502   timeline
Building Type martyrium
 Construction System bearing masonry
Climate mediterranean
Context urban
Style Italian Renaissance
Notes Round, domed, colonnaded.


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Discussion Tempietto of San Pietro Commentary

"The Tempietto in the cloister of San Pietro in Montorio was built by Bramanate after 1502, on the commission of the Spanish monarchs, Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile. The emphasis here is on the harmony of proportions, the simplicity of volumes (cylinder, hemisphere) and the sobriety of the Doric Order. The circular plan symbolizes divine perfection. Inspired by ancient temples, the Tempietto is both a homage to antiquity and a Christian memorial."

— Mitchell Beazley. The World Atlas of Architecture. p276.

"For Bramante, the planning of the Tempietto must have represented the union of illusionistic painting and architecture he had spent his career perfecting. The building, too small on the inside to accommodate a congregation (only 15 feet in diameter), was conceived as a 'picture' to be looked at from outside, a 'marker', a symbol of Saint Peter's martyrdom."

— Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture: from Prehistory to Post-Modernism. p302.

Sources on Tempietto of San Pietro

Mitchell Beazley. The World Atlas of Architecture. New York: Portland House, 1988. ISBN 0-517-66875-0. p276.

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, p116. — Available at Amazon.com

Arnaldo Bruschi. Bramante Architetto. Bari: Editori Laterzi, 1969. interior perspective of dome, plate 348, p525. interior perspective of dome, plate 347, p522.

Francis D. K. Ching. Architecture: Form, Space, and Order. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1979. ISBN 0-442-21535-5. LC 79-18045. NA2760.C46. perspective, framed in archway, p75. — A nice graphic introduction to architectural ideas. Updated 1996 edition available at Amazon.com

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. circle and square diagram, p183. — Updated edition available at Amazon.com

Donald Corner and Jenny Young. Slide from photographer's collection. PCD.2260.1012.1834.062

Howard Davis. Slide from photographer's collection. Photo July 1989. PCD.2260.1012.1537.010. PCD.2260.1012.1537.009

John Musgrove, ed. Sir Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture. Boston: Butterworths, 1987. ISBN 0-408-01587-X. LC 86-31761. NA200.F63 1987. section, p867. plan, p867. perspective, p867.

Andrea Palladio. The Four Books on Architecture. New York: Dover Publications, 1965. LC 64-18862. NA2515.P253. section and elevation drawing, plate 45, book four. plan drawing, plate 44, book four.

Henri Stierlin. Comprendre l'Architecture Universelle 1. Paris: Office du Livre S.A. Fribourg (Suisse), 1977. section drawing, p192. plan drawing with unbuilt original surrounding scheme, p192. elevation drawing with unbuilt original surrounding scheme, p192.

Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture, from Prehistory to Post-Modernism. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1986. ISBN 0-13-044702-1. NA200.T7. p302. — available at Amazon.com

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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