Renaissance architecture Architectural style that began in Italy in the 15th century, and spread throughout Europe until the advent of Mannerism and the Baroque in the 16th and 17th centuries. Revolting against Gothic, it used Roman motifs. In Italy, Brunelleschi and Alberti studied the Roman ruins. In France, the style was first employed by Lescot, who was commissioned by Francis I to work on the Louvre (1546). In other European countries, classical forms were integrated with medieval motifs.
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