“Bramante was the first to make known that good and beautiful architecture which had been hidden from the time of the ancients till now.” - Andrea Palladio
The 500th anniversary of the death (life) of Donato Bramante - architect of the “New Antique Style” - did not go uncelebrated, at least not in Charleston. Last Tuesday evening we held a private exhibition to meditate with friends and alcohol on the man’s work, which includes St. Peter’s, the Tempietto, and the House of Raphael. Boldly employing Classical forms in Modern ways, unafraid of parasitic critics’ empty and unsupported accusations of “copying,” Bramante is a classical architect’s architect. We owe much to you Bramante. Requiescat in pace.
“When the grandeur of the Roman Empire began to decline because of the ceaseless invasions of the barbarians, architecture, having abandoned its original beauty and sophistication, as did all the other arts and sciences at the time, deteriorated more and more until it could get no worse in the total absence of any information about beautiful proportions and the ornate manner of building. Since all human affairs are in perpetual motion, it happens that at one time things ascend to the pinnacle of their perfection and at another descend to an abyss of imperfection; but architecture, emerging from those shadows in which it was long buried, began to reveal itself in the light of the world during the time of our fathers and grandfathers. So, under the pontificate of Pope Julius II, Bramante, a supremely talented man and observer of ancient structures, built marvelous buildings in Rome.” - Andrea Palladio