The study of these structures will show a progression of influence in urban cities that is significant to architectural history.
Florence and the Renaissance: The Quattrocento, by Alain J. Lemaitre and Erich Lessing is a thorough history of the early renaissance which reviews the intellectual, technological, political, and artistic movements of the era. Quattrocento is the term applied to the time period of the fifteenth century that represents the transition from the middle ages to the renaissance. The political changes that were taking place during the period are balanced with the artistic endeavors that would define the Italian Renaissance. As feudalism was being replaced with a world that was created under the influence of trade and commerce, design elements began to reflect the concept of abundance and decadence.
The flattened features and perspective of the art of the middle ages began to show a more refined detail that reflected a three dimensional space. The art that was created had a sense of realism that reflected the burgeoning enlightenment of a world that was embracing technological advancement and mathematical achievement. In this way, the
In determining the architectural influences of the Italian renaissance, it is helpful to understand the influences to which the Italian artists of the time were attributing the advancements. In The Handbook of Italian Renaissance Painters by Karl Ludwig Gallwitz, the various artists of the time are noted with their influential schools of thought and predecessors. One example of an artist and architect that can be studied for his influence in the beginning of the renaissance is Giotto di Bondone. His work was done at the end of the thirteenth century and the beginning of the fourteenth century. In this work a transitional view can be seen as the flattened concepts of the artistic aesthetic of the middle ages is beginning to give way to a more rounded, painterly method of