The Art of Architecture

The Tempietto


The Tempietto
Rome, Italy
Donato Bramante (1444–1514)
Built about 1502–12
Model (some inaccuracies in the reconstruction); 1830–1900; walnut and pearwood; probably made in Italy
Victoria and Albert Museum

The Tempietto (little temple) marks the traditional site of St Peter’s martyrdom. It is built in the Doric order, used by the Romans for important male gods and here for the chief saint of the Christian church. The building perfectly expresses the balanced proportions and pure volumes of Renaissance architecture.



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