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SM 45/4/7


Copy of a design made in 1522-3 by Baldassare Peruzzi (1481-1536)


1 Part-elevation of the proposed facade in a Gothic style, plan of pilaster labelled Forma de li pilastri / d'mezzo, and part-plan labelled la tribuna, La nave and Le Capelle cinquantre


to Italian scales (with rough bar scale)


di Baldassar da Siena Alt p. 100 / Above it the plan, Pianta antica and some dimensions of the plan given

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (548 x 378)




J Whatman


Soane chose the less exuberant of the three Gothic schemes (Museo di S.Petronio, Bologna: n. 3b (copied by Soane), n. 17 recto and verso, and a sectional design with a dome, n. 50 ) sent in by Peruzzi, copying most of the left side of the elevation in outline and adding some of the decorative detail of the portals, an elaborate ogee-arched window and crocketed gable and pinnacles.
There is a further alternative elevation in the British Museum (Department of Prints and Drawings, 1898-3-28-1).


P.du Prey, John Soane's architectural education 1753-80, 1977, p. 261; M. Faietti and M.Medica (eds),'La Basilica incompiuta. Progetti antichi per la facciata di San Petronio a Bologna'. Catalogue of an exhibition, Museo Civico Medievale, Bologna, 2001, pp.77-8



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