One of my favorite buildings in Florence is the fifteenth-century Palazzo Rucellai in the Piazza de’ Rucellai. Designed by Alberti in the mid 1400s, its facade was one of the first to announce the new ideas of Renaissance architecture. The three stories of the facade articulate the classical orders, but with the Tuscan order at the base, Alberti's original in place of the Ionic order in the middle, and a simplified Corinthian order at the top level. Connor S's painting, the third slide below, is a wonderful representation of the facade.
Combined with the Loggia de' Rucellai across the road to the left of the palace, and the open space between them, this Rucellai family home forms a spectacular example of Italian Renaissance architecture. I was impressed by the boys' presentation skills and the depth of their research. I was also happy that one group, at least, chose to study Palazzo Rucellai. A slide show of the art produced by the various groups is imbedded.