Language variant : Rucellai Palace
Architect : Alberti, Leon Battista
Locality : Firenze
Country : Italy
Building style : Renaissance
“The link between perpetuating a patrilineal dynasty and constructing magnificent urban dwellings was clearly articulated by the fifteenth-century Florentine patrician, Giovanni Rucellai, when he asserted that ‘there are two principal things that men do in this life…the first is to procreate, the second is to build.’ Both urges were made visible in the imposing palace Rucellai built, an edifice that included sculpted family coats of arms prominently displayed on the façade, as well as incorporating Rucellai symbols (such as the billowing sail) into the very fabric of the exterior’s carved decoration.”
Ciappelli, Giovanni and Rubin, Patricia Lee: Art, Memory, and Family in Renaissance Florence, Cambridge University Press, 2000, p. 217.
Ed. Katriina Puputti