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Michelangelo's most powerful architectural space. He breaks all of the rules and plays with your senses in the Laurentian Library.

Michelangelo's most powerful architectural space. He breaks all of the rules and plays with your senses in the Laurentian Library.

MICHELANGELO: Vestibule of the Laurentian Library, Florence. 1524-34; Staircase 1558-59. The most striking example of Michelangelo's approach to architecture are the stairs leading from the vestibule to the reading room. Their purpose could not be simpler, but Michelangelo makes them into a dynamic, startling form that defines the room. LINK to read more.

MICHELANGELO: Vestibule of the Laurentian Library, Florence. 1524-34; Staircase 1558-59. The most striking example of Michelangelo's approach to architecture are the stairs leading from the vestibule to the reading room. Their purpose could not be simpler, but Michelangelo makes them into a dynamic, startling form that defines the room. LINK to read more.

2010-11-27 - Paris -- Chateau de Vincennes - 159, via Flickr.

2010-11-27 - Paris -- Chateau de Vincennes - 159, via Flickr.

The library is best seen in person and after learning a little about its revolutionary design. At first glance, a freestanding marble staircase seems too large for the vestibule. Architects at the time adhered closely to classical rules of proportion, so these dominant, curved steps, which appear to pour down from the reading room door, are the first hint that Michelangelo was intentionally playing with tradition.

The library is best seen in person and after learning a little about its revolutionary design. At first glance, a freestanding marble staircase seems too large for the vestibule. Architects at the time adhered closely to classical rules of proportion, so these dominant, curved steps, which appear to pour down from the reading room door, are the first hint that Michelangelo was intentionally playing with tradition.

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Madonna with long neck, weird but I like it!

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El Greco, Pietà,1571-1576

Stradano Giovanni -- Culture Scuola fiamminga/ scuola fiorentina

Stradano Giovanni -- Culture Scuola fiamminga/ scuola fiorentina

Parmigianino Madonna of the Long Neck ca. 1534-59

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Parmigianino (1503-1540), Madonna met de lange nek, 1534-40, olieverf op hout, 216 x 132 cm, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italië

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