Michelangelo's Laurentian Library: Drawings and Design Process

  title={Michelangelo's Laurentian Library: Drawings and Design Process},
  author={J. G. Cooper},
  journal={Architectural History},
  pages={49 - 90}
Re-examination of a key group of Michelangelo's sketches for the Laurentian Library, located in the monastic complex of Florence's S. Lorenzo, offers a new understanding of his design process and the project as it was built. While drawings by Michelangelo survive for all three of the library's intended spaces, this study concentrates on a number of drawings on four sheets for the entrance vestibule, or ricetto, and the two drawings for what would have constituted the third space, the unbuilt… Expand
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