San Miniato al Monte
The temple front has a painting that includes Jesus and St. Minus with a Gold Leaf background. The inclusion of this technique and the relatively simple detail in the figures’ drapery would suggest this part of the facade was completed in the 12th century or early 13th century and lends itself mainly to the Greek manner. In addition to that, the triangular shapes with crossing over diagonals at either side of the temple front are derived from decoration in a typical ancient Greek Shena (Scene) in a theatre. However, the imitations of classical architectural features such as the temple front begin to show the progression of the ‘proto renaissance’: subtle changes to the conventional style that influenced new generations of artists/architects who ‘stabilised’ the Renaissance.
The Calimala symbol (Eagle) of the silk and cotton guilds is situated throughout the church including on the very top of the facade. Other things that I found interesting inside of the church were the holes that had been left on the side of the walls where scaffolding had once been to paint frescoes. These were not filled in so the assumption is that the intended fresco cycle was not completed. This is similar to the scaffolding holes that were found after the 1990 restoration of the Sistine Chapel. It is now known that these were there in order to allow the scaffolding there to be off of the ground to not interrupt the Pope and his ceremonies.
(The capital for the column is ill fitted because it has been recycled from a Roman building and therefore not made to the same dimensions as the column.)