MAKE THE FACE
WEB COMPETITION FOR A NEW FRONT OF THE BASILICA OF SAN LORENZO IN FLORENCE

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    The initiative of the competition starts from the proposal to build a new marble façade for Brunelleschi's Basilica of San Lorenzo in Florence, based on a project by Michelangelo.
    Whether it will be done or not, before proceeding with this huge work it is necessary to build a very similar temporary structure as a "test" over the church.
    But then, why don't make someone else also? We are launching the idea and invite all to share!
    Do you have a proposal, a drawing or a real project for San Lorenzo?
    This contest is for you!

    It can be submitted to the selection any new elaboration on the original façade of the basilica.
   There are no constraints for creative expression and every artist can choose the mode that is more congenial.
    The Blog is the place for information and comparison to track the activities of the competition and comment on the work of the participants, which will be gradually introduced on this page.
    The initiative is a non-profit: the prize amount consists of the revenues of the grid of Pixel Ads below and it will gradually increase thanks to the supporters.
    Anyone can support the prize by acquiring squares of pixels and publishing an ad: you can take a free trial for 30 days and then, if you like, donate to sustain the arts.

    To see all the competition entries, vote them and communicate directly with authors, just go to our social network Cosmo and subscribe to the Make the Face Group.
    Join numerous, spread the voice and tell your friends: it will be a fun way to make culture!
    Yes, because the culture needs you, your ideas and your opinion.
    Your contribution is vital to find new artists like Michelangelo and encourage them to emerge.
    Perhaps you are among them... Maybe you already suspect it, but you need a proof: here is a great opportunity!
    So, get involved and vote! vote! vote!
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THE BASILICA OF SAN LORENZO
An accomplished and unfinished masterpiece

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    Founded in the Early Christian period, the church became a cornerstone of the Renaissance at the hands of Filippo Brunelleschi.
    The brilliant architect created an innovative structure based on the rational principles of the emerging humanistic thought, as a result of extensive studies on classical models and application of precise mathematical criteria.
    In the building, round arches are repeated regularly in various modular proportions, so defining a rigorous space, lightweight and at the same time grandiose.
    The decorative simplicity, typical of the style of Brunelleschi (who did not appreciate, for example, the showy works by Donatello for the Old Sacristy), highlights the structural elements, defined by green-gray "Pietra Serena" stone, in the suggestive nudity of the white plaster.
    The bright interior of the basilica then gives an overall sense of austere magnificence and perfection, bringing out its absolute value, not only artistic, but also scientific.
    However, it remains unfinished the fašade that is presented, today as 600 years ago, as a simple rough stone wall onto which three doors are open and a large central window is outlined.
    As a temporary coverage during a papal visit, in the '500 an ephemeral apparatus was built by Sansovino and Del Sarto, with statues and paintings.
    For the final design in stone, it was successively chosen Michelangelo, who proposed various solutions up to the beautiful wooden model now kept in Casa Buonarroti.
    But many were the projects that have followed, until the last century, all never made, as if the hand of the genius of Brunelleschi were opposed to the completion of this extraordinary unfinished.
    What prospectus had in mind Brunelleschi for San Lorenzo?
    Certainly not similar to Michelangelo's, which is designed on lintels and not on arches, then presenting a triumph of sculpture that would have made it as a wonderful masterpiece, sure, but in its own right.
    Probably the front of the basilica would have presented the simplicity of the interior, defining the lines of the structure without too indulging in large decorative apparatus, but the mystery remains.
    Therefore, it lets space to your imagination: how would you make it?
   


The Architect

    Filippo di Ser Brunellesco Lapi (Florence, 1377 - 1446) was one of the leading figures of the Renaissance and the inventor of linear perspective, with which he revolutionized the concept of three-dimensionality in art.
    Excellent sculptor, he turned out to be one of the greatest geniuses in the history of architecture, with a series of extraordinary works, culminating in the realization of the immense dome of Santa Maria del Fiore.
    His rigorous study of building modules, inspired to the ancient world but connected to the latest technological achievements, and an engineering analysis of each project phase, even with the meticulous organization of building sites, allowed to overcome difficulties considered insurmountable at that time, so laying the foundations of modern Architecture.