Work Record Linked to Concept Authority [Figure 21]


Work Record

Class [controlled] architecture
*Work Type [link] basilica • cathedral
*Title Saint Mark's Basilica | Title Type: preferred
Title: Basilica di San Marco | Title Type: alternate
Title: San Marco | Title Type: alternate
Title: St. Mark's | Title Type: alternate
*Creator display probably designed by Italian and Byzantine architects
*Role [controlled]: architect | [link]: unknown Italian
*Role [controlled]: architect | [link]: unknown Byzantine
*Creation Date current structure completed in 1071
[controlled]: Earliest: 1042; Latest: 1071
*Subject [link to authorities] Saint Mark • pilgrimage • worship • cathedral
*Current Location [link] Venice (Italy)
*Measurements diameter of central dome: 13.8 m (42 feet)
[controlled]: Extent: central dome; Value: 13.8;
Unit: m; Type: diameter
*Materials and Techniques Greek cross plan surmounted by five domes; bearing masonry
construction and timber frame domes; richly
decorated interior and exterior with sculpture,
mosaics and ceremonial objects
Material [link]: masonry | Technique [link]:
load-bearing walls • Greek cross plan
Style [link] Byzantine
Culture Italian • Byzantine
Description Original church was begun in 829 (consecrated in 832) to house the remains of St. Mark, which had been brought from Alexandria. St. Mark thus replaced St. Theodore as the patron saint of Venice. The first basilica burned in 976 during an uprising against doge Pietro Candiano IV. Present basilica built by his successor, Doge Domenico Contarini and completed in 1071. It is believed that both Byzantine and Italian architects and craftsmen were responsible for the construction and decoration. The basilica stands beside the Doges' Palace and served as the doge's chapel. It did not become the cathedral church of Venice until 1807.
Description Source [link] Gloag, Western Architecture (1958); Page: 101 ff.

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Concept Authority Record

*Terms Greek cross plan (preferred)
Greek-cross plan
*Note Refers to buildings in which the plan is
shaped like a Greek cross, with a square central mass
and four arms of equal length. The Greek-cross plan
was widely used in Byzantine architecture and in
Western churches inspired by Byzantine examples.
*Hierarchical position [controlled] Physical Attributes Facet
.... Attributes and Properties
........... <building plan attributes>
....................... Greek cross plan
*Source [controlled] Art & Architecture Thesaurus

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CREDIT: St. Mark’s Basilica, Venice, Italy © Patricia Harpring 2005.
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