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Paper: The Church of San Miniato al Monte, Florence: Astronomical and Astrological Connections
Volume: 441, The Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena VI
Page: 151
Authors: Shrimplin, V.
Abstract: The church of San Miniato al Monte is examined in the context of interest in astrology and astronomy in early Renaissance Florence. Vitruvius emphasised the need for architects to “be acquainted with astronomy and the theory of the heavens” in his famous Ten Books of Architecture and, at San Miniato, astronomical and astrological features are combined in order to link humanity with the celestial or spiritual realm. The particular significance of Pisces and Taurus is explored in relation to Christian symbolism, raising questions about the role of astronomy and astrology in art and architecture.
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