From: Mantua, Italy
This large building is a Roman Catholic co-cathedral and is one of the major works of architecture during the early Italian renaissance. The front of the building is in the style of a triumphal arch, much like the triumphal arch of Titus from Roman times. The architect, Alberti, designed the basilica to be a single large hall with small chapels branching off at right angles. Near the top of the basilica is large dome. The top of the basilica is a long barrel vault, that has been coffered. Alberti criticized the normal basilica plans because it cut off the view of ceremonies from the faithful attending because of the columns. He got around this problem by using a single very large hallway to be supported on the sides.
Why This Artwork?
This artwork was chosen to show the type of architecture done during the Renaissance times, once again showing a more humanist perspective of being able to do anything you set your mind on, as this is another jab at expanding what was previously thought possible by architects.