Renaissance architecture is the architecture of the period between the early 14th and mid-17th centuries in different regions of Europe, demonstrating revival and development of ancient Greek and Roman thought. Stylistically, Renaissance architecture followed Gothic architecture and was succeeded by Baroque architecture. Developed first in Florence, the Renaissance style quickly spread to other Italian cities. The style was carried to France, Germany, England, Russia and other parts of Europe at different dates and with varying degrees of impact.
During the Renaissance, architecture became not only a question of practice, but also a matter for theoretical discussion. The first treatise on architecture was "On the Art of Building" by Leon Battista Alberti in 1450. De re aedificatoria in 1485 became the first printed book on architecture. Sebastiano Serlio produced the next important text entitled "General Rules of Architecture". In 1570, Andrea Palladio published "The Four Books of Architecture" in Venice. This book was widely printed and responsible to a great degree for spreading the ideas of the Renaissance through Europe.
- Columns & Pilasters
Leon Battista Alberti
St. Paul’s Cathedral
Augsburg Town Hall
Santa Maria Presso San Satiro
The Renaissance was a period of tremendous growth in science, philosophy, and art. The philosophy of Humanism helped Man to see himself as responsible for creating and maintaining order and beauty in the world, and the architecture of the time period reflected this. The structures created during the Renaissance were a celebration of all of the things humankind is capable of, and are still cherished today as marvels of engineering, design, and artistry.