throughout the ecclesiastical Hate, he furnissied an
infinity os plans for houses, churches &c. but the
grand essort os his invention was reierved for a work
worthy of it. Julius the second having conceived
the idea of pulling down the church of St. Peter,
and replacing it by one that ffiould surpass in mag-
nificence every thing of the kind then extant; Bra-
in ante laboured to fulfil the desire of the ambitious
Pontif by a variety os designs; more particularly by
one, which placed the great front between two slee-
ples, as represented in the commemorative medals,
struck under Julius II. and Leo the tenth, and
wrought by the hand of the samous Caradosso.
Without the walls os Todi* our artist built an m-
sulated temple, in form of the Greek cross with a
beautiful cupola in the middle ; which appears to
have been the model of St. Peter’s. The execution
of this great design actually begun in i pi 3, and car-
ried on with all possible industry, was Hopped short
by the death of the Pope, and his own, within a year
of its commencement. The succeeding Architects
reduced, and made such changes in his pian, as lest
little distinguishable for his.
Julius rewarded this favourite architect with the
office del Piombo, by which he was enabled to live
with credit, and to indulge his liberality in, aCts of
beneficence to distresfed artists and other meritorious
objeCts. He died at 70, and wTas buried in St. Peter’s,
where his suneral was attended by the Papal court,
and the whole body of professors os the sine arts.
* In Umbria, Dutchy of Spoleto.