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Santa Maria Novella was built, like many Florentine churches, on the site of an older 9th-century church. In 1219, the Dominicans took control of the space and decide to build a new place of worship, fashioned to their own liking. They broke ground in 1246 and would continue working on it until 1360. Fra Jacopo Talenti, a Dominican Friar, oversaw much of the construction.
The facade was also started when the building neared completion, but it was never finished. Instead, over 100 years later, wealthy parishioner Giovanni Rucellai brought in a heavy hitter to complete the semi-finished front. That man literally wrote the book on Renaissance architecture, Leon Battista Alberti.
What was Alberti dealing with? He was stuck with the bottom half, which featured gothic details, like pointed archways, and the fixed color palette. Well, Alberti is the king of “make it work,” because he used the geometric shapes and proportions already present to build a facade that is perfectly balanced and harmonious. For instance, see those squares on each side of the main door that hold the blind arcade? They’re the same size as the third square that rests at the top. Other shapes, like the circles, are also in mathematical proportion to one another, and the frieze and the scrolls on the sides bring it all together. It’s a perfectionist’s dream, completed in 1470, and it’s considered an important stepping stone in Renaissance architecture.
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