Taken in Florence-Italy during a short visit in 2005.
The Basilica di San Lorenzo is one of the largest churches of Florence, Italy, situated at the centre of the city’s main market district, and the burial place of all the principal members of the Medici family from Cosimo il Vecchio to Cosimo III. It is one of several churches that claim to be the oldest in Florence; when it was consecrated in 1393 it stood outside the city walls. For three hundred years it was the city's cathedral before the official seat of the bishop was transferred to Santa Reparata. San Lorenzo was also the parish church of the Medici family. In 1419, Giovanni di Bicci de' Medici offered to finance a new church to replace the eleventh-century Romanesque rebuilding. Filippo Brunelleschi, the leading Renaissance architect of the first half of the fifteenth century, was commissioned to design it, but the building, with alterations, was not completed until after his death. The church is part of a larger monastic complex that contains other important architectural works: the Old Sacristy by Brunelleschi; the Laurentian Library by Michelangelo; the New Sacristy based on Michelangelo's designs; and the Medici Chapels by Matteo Nigetti.
Though considered a milestone in the development of Renaissance architecture, S. Lorenzo has a complicated building history. Even though it was built – at least partially - under the direction of Filippo Brunelleschi, it is not purely of his design. The project was begun around 1419, but lack of funding slowed down the construction and forced changes to the original design. By the early 1440s, only the sacristy (now called the Old Sacristy) had been worked on as that and not the church was being paid for by the Medici. In 1442, the Medici stepped in to take over financial responsibility of the church as well. Brunelleschi died, however, in 1446 and the job was handed over either to Antonio Manetti or to Michelozzo, scholars are not certain. Though the building was “completed” in 1459 in time for a visit to Florence by Pius II, the chapels along the right-hand aisles were still being built in the 1470s and 80s.
By the time the building was done, many aspects of its layout, not to mention detailing, no longer corresponded to the original plan. The principal difference is that Brunelleschi had envisioned the chapels along the side aisles to be deeper, and to be much like the chapels in the transept, the only part of the building that is known to have been design by Brunelleschi
(copied from wikipedia)
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Truja (4953) 2007-11-26 9:20
wowwwwww great great POV and depth. Fantastic image with a good quality.The geometry of the lines is brilliant, great grafismo, take us visually to the center of the image, is perfect. Exceptional sample of architecture with excellent colors and light.
jalab_temen (2193) 2007-11-26 9:20
HI Michael. Ecco rinascimento magico. Yes, the place is magic. The strong perspectivism and the strict symmetry make this shot really beautiful and can add extra beauty. Lights, deepness are perfect. TFS, Jalab
Apex (336) 2007-11-26 9:57
great shot. The compo gives a grand sense of scale. The architecture is beautifully captured. TFS.
azaf1 (15929) 2007-11-26 13:13
Panemorfi apeikonisi me poli epivlitiki prooptiki kai poli oraio kadrarisma
Den tha sou deikso foto tou Theofilou. Ant aftou ela na pame mazi na tis doume parea. Kai na pioume kana tsipouraki stin paralia
hay_kes (31439) 2007-11-26 14:44
very beautiful place.Great POV, perspective and symmetry.TFS.
ifanik (21679) 2007-11-26 15:35
Geia soy Mixali
Poly omorfh eikona me wraia xrwmata kai omorfh gewmetria kai symmetria
Poly kalh doyleia file
syd1946 (18663) 2007-11-26 23:22
Γεια σου Μιχάλη,
Πραγματικα η φορμα στην συνθεση σου ειναι καταπληκτικη!
Και ακομα καλυτερη η εκθεση του φωτος κατι που δινει μεγαλη ευκρινεια στις λεπτομερειες στο εσωτερικο του ναου.
Πολυ καλη δουλεια!
portmanndominic (2400) 2007-11-27 1:26
I love Florence (3 travels in 17 years )
your POV is good , colors are perfect
well done job
saylan-cb (12738) 2007-11-27 3:54
This is a great perspective and very good omposition.
Wonderful light and idea,well done.
kibele66 (3087) 2007-11-27 3:57
I liked the symmetry and graphical style in this photo. As I scroll down my mouse from the beginning of the floor tiles to the bottom, there is a feeling that they are opening and the photo is being divided into two symmetric parts. Just like the illusion tricks.
Very nice deepness and perspective in the photo.
Hellas (7015) 2007-11-27 4:59
Πολύ καλή παρουσίαση, Μιχάλη. Ζυγισμένη με εξαιρετικές λεπτομέρειες και όμορφα χρώματα. Η αρχιτεκτονική του ναού είναι επίσης πολύ όμορφη. Εφόσον δεν χρησιμοποίησες τρίποδο, με τόσο αργή ταχύτητα, το αποτέλεσμα είναι απίστευτο! Καλό απόγευμα,
batalay (40367) 2007-11-27 19:22
Hello Dear Michael,
With my abiding interest in Leonardo and the Renaissance, I am delighted to see this image in Trekearth, and indeed among photographs in your gallery. It is a classic shot, featuring perfect one-point perspective. This is very appropriate sinc Philippo Brunelleschi formulated the theory of perspective around 1513, while he was on a 13-year stay in Rome.
Well done photo and a superb note, making this a very good TE-package.
philsim (1914) 2007-11-27 23:11
This is a really good internal architecture shot. This is not an easy thing to do and you have succeeded very well. Great perspective and light.Today I am going to Paris no posts for one week
mnk (106) 2007-11-28 13:02
Υπέροχη απόδοση, πολύ καλή συμμετρία και φωτισμός.
Μου άρεσε ιδιαίτερα η σκέψη να τη χωρίσεις στα δύο, το εμπρός μισό να καταλαμβάνεται μόνο από δάπεδο, κάτι που της δίνει πρωτοτυπία και την κάνει ξεχωριστή.
kdialyna (3148) 2007-11-29 0:07
Η τέλεια χρήση του γραμμικού μοτίβου του δαπέδου έδωσε εξαιρετική προοπτική και βάθος στο θέμα σου.
Ιδιαίτερα μου αρέσει η συμμετρική τοποθέτηση των όγκων μέσα στο κάντρο σου, που ταιριάζει κατά την γνώμη μου με το θέμα σου και τη αρχιτεκτονική της εκκλησίας.
salvator (19110) 2007-12-14 11:00
Very nice composition and the symeetry also very nice. The colors and sharpness are superb.
Se xereto. Salvator.
Benedict (7076) 2008-01-08 18:57
one word to describe this- STUNNING! the slightly blurry FG and the sharp BG is truly amazing work of art.
happy new year, michael.
- Copyright: Michael Pilitsis (Olympos) (1037)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-03-12
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: SONY Cyber-shot DSC-F717
- Exposure: f/2.5, 1/25 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Italy, Eglises, Florence - March 2005 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-11-26 9:04