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Reframing a Revolution: Filippo Brunelleschi and the Development of the Florentine Renaissance Altarpiece


Christa Gardner von Teuffel


Brunelleschi’s classically-inspired architecture defined the unified all’antica panel structure and its framework. The architect’s fundamental invention, his supervisory role and participation in the innovative altarpiece design are examined. I trace the gradual growth in scholarly understanding of the formal and material development of the classicising architectural frame in the early Quattrocento, and its important role in the development of Early Renaissance painting in Florence.