San Sebastiano's Temple

Leon Battista Alberti

Mantova Museo Urbano Diffuso

Mantova Museo Urbano Diffuso

Here is the decorative element of the cornices and pendentives, which probably cannot be traced back to the time of Alberti, but most certainly pre-date the Schiavi restoration. It is conceivable that they were constructed during this vast intervening period. As Calzona notes, however, a simple solution that was part of the original project should not be ruled out, as the function was to interrupt the gaze and create a barrier between the vault and the arms of the Greek cross. The subtle interplay of the recesses and their pendentives is also quite striking.

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  • Title: San Sebastiano's Temple
  • Creator: Leon Battista Alberti