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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of the place, Inclosed by the forementioned build-
ings on three sides, is the famous equestrian statue of
Marcus Aurelius, upon a simple and well propor-
tioned pedessal designed by Buonarroti. The great
Farnese Palace having been left by Sangallo, its Ar-
chitect, without a cornice, our Artist was employed
to give it that finissiing. For this purpose he made
a model in wood, six braccia in height, and placed it
upon one of the angles of the edifice, in order to
take opinion os the effeCt; which proving much in
its favour, the design was executed. The Drum,
upon which the Cupola of St. Peter’s was to be pla-
ced, being well conduced to its height; M. Angelo
(who had been obliged to retire from the office of
Architect to that Fabric, with a compensation of ioo
crowns a month, rejected on the frit tender os pay-
ment) was importuned by his friends, of all ranks,
to make a model of the cupola, as a precaution
against any overlight on his part, or foul play of those
to whom the execution was intrusted. This he first
performed in clay and in small; and, from that,
formed, with much attention and care; a large one
of wood, of which Gio. Farnese was the chief work-
man. This was much applauded and actually exe«
cuted under SixtusV. Notwithstanding all his circum-
speCtion, envy, of his superior talents and disinterelied
use of them, continued to excite cabals against him,
to occasion opposition to his plans and misconduCt in
the performance of them, by his less competent suc-
cessors : till, upon his complaint to Pius IV, it was
ordered that no changes should be made in his designs,

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