Aldrich, Henry; Smyth, Philip [Übers.]
The Elements Of Civil Architecture: According To Vitruvius And Other Ancients, And The Most Approved Practice Of Modern Authors, Especially Palladio — London, 1789 [Cicognara Nr. 395]

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INTRODUCTION.

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carried up, from the walls, without any frame of
timbers forks intermediate support; its being double,
with passage room between the vaults; and its hav-
ing no apparent reinsorcements os masonry. Its form
is octagonal. Among the various awkward expedi-
ents, suggested at the meeting of national and foreign
Architects abovementioned one was to carry up an
enormous pier of earth with pieces of money inter-
spersed as it rose; on its summit, properly moulded,
to turn the vault of the cupola; and, when it was set,
to let the populace remove the earth for the money
scattered in it. Though Brunelleschi was so saving
of time, as to provide booths and victuallers on the
top of the church, that the workmen might have to
come up and go down but once in the day, he spent
twenty three years in assiduous prosecution of the talk
he had the mortification to leave unfinished. His re-
grets, however, were tempered with the consolation
of having lived to accomplish the most difficult part
of the undertaking, and settle the plan of the re-
mainder. His countrymen are sond of ascribing to
him the honour of having first distinguished the
characters of the three Grecian Orders, and em-
ployed them with judgment. The Neapolitans claim
this merit for Stefano, called after his mailer Ma~
succio II, who died in 13883 and allege in proof
the Campanile of Santa Chiara, where he meant to
exhibit the five orders in proper situation, but the
building was carried no higher than the third story,
or place of the Ionic.

This first great resormer of Architecture was buried

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