Belvedere (structure)


Belvedere (structure)

or an open gallery (in Italian an "altana").

On the hillside above the Vatican Palace, Antonio Pollaiuolo built a small casino named the "palazzetto" or the Belvedere for Pope Innocent VIII. Some years later Donato Bramante linked the Vatican with the Belvedere, under a commission from Pope Julius II by creating the Cortile del Belvedere ("Courtyard of the Belvedere"), in which stood the "Apollo Belvedere," among the most famous of antique sculptures. This began the fashion in the 16th century for the "belvedere."

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