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Help Save a Landmark of Renaissance Architecture
Help Save a Landmark of Renaissance Architecture
Exterior of the Pazzi Chapel at Santa Croce
An art lover from New York City was the first to give: his or her $200 donation launched the five-week Kickstarter campaign to help fund the restoration of the priceless Renaissance loggia of the Pazzi Chapel and now the countdown is on, with only 24 days left to become a part of history and inscribe your name in the historical archives of the Basilica of Santa Croce. That's in Florence, of course, and this is the first time a cultural institution in Italy has ever used crowdfunding. #CrazyforPazzi is the name of the fundraising campaign. Pazzi means "crazy" in English, however, a member of this aristocratic Florentine family was anything but crazy when, in 1429, he hired the great architect Filippo Brunelleschi to build a domed chapel and chapter house in the courtyard beside Santa Croce. The patron knew that the fame of the world's biggest dome that Brunelleschi had designed for the Duomo just a few streets away would reflect glory on his own, much smaller, project with its mini-domes both inside and out. Brunelleschi didn't live to see the Pazzi Chapel completed, but a number of artists contributed to finishing the building including Michelozzo and Giuliano da Maiano. ...

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