Small kingdoms and the kings supported a group of

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of small kingdoms, and the kings supported a group of artists and architects to improve the appearance of their kingdoms. This created an intense competition for the best art that fueled the middle ages. The revival of trade in Europe really first started in northern Italy. This trade lead to a growth of wealth. A growing middle class, wealthy bankers, and wealthy merchants showed off their money by supporting artists and architects.
Question 5 1 / 1 pts Some of the palaces (residential palazzo) in Florence were four stories, as designed by Leon Battista Alberti. What would you expect to find on the top floor, the 4 th floor?
Question 6 1 / 1 pts The architects of the early Renaissance in Florence preferred to have architectural items in varying sizes whose frames repeated. What type of stone did the Florence architects use to make their geometric frames and finishings and why?
Pietra Bigia was used to make the streets and squares of early Renaissance Florence. This stone is cemented by the mineral calcite with a brownish color. This gave it the strength to be manipulated and used in frames. Pietraforte stone was selected, because it was strong, had a color that would turn light brown over time, and it developed interesting textures for the rough center. Also, its strength meant that Pietraforte could be used in features that could take a lot of weight. Correct! Pietra Serena stone was selected. Pietra Serena means “calm stone” in Italian. Pietra Serena with its dark color and homogeneous texture becomes the material of framings in order to create contrast with white plaster and strengthen the affect of architectural form and order. All of these stone types were used to make geometric frames and finishings, and thus this is the best answer. Pietra Serena stone was selected to make the geometric framings of Florence buildings.

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