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                           Michelozzo DiBartolommeo, or Michelozzo

 

Michelozzo DiBartolommeo, Michelozzo also spelled Michelozzi, architect and sculptor, was most notable in the development of Florentine Renaissance architecture.

 

Michelozzo acquired the skills of a bronze founder in the workshop of celebrated sculptor, Lorenzo Ghiberti.  On or about 1420, they worked together on the “St. Matthew” for the church of San Michele, Florence, Italy.

 

From 1427-1438, Michelozzo developed a partnership with the sculptor, Donatello.  They built several architectural and sculptural tombs.   Together, they built the pulpit (designed in 1428) at Prato Cathedral.

 

Michelozzi was closely associated with the De Medici family.  He accompanied them went they went into exile at Venice in 1433.  After returning from exile, Michelozzi’s architectural career began to develop in earnest.  In 1436, he completed the renovation of the ruined monastery of San Marco in Florence.

 

Michelozzi is credited with created several innovations in the architectural design of Florentine palaces.  These architectural features are quite dominant in the palace that Michelozzo built for Cosimo de’ Medici (1444-1459) now called the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi.  It is considered one of the finest examples of early Renaissance architecture.

                                                                                                                                                          Late in his life, Michelozzi restored several villas for the De Medicis and worked as an engineer in Ragusa and on the Greek island of Chios.

 

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