Italian Mint honours Renaissance artist Donato Bramante

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October 23, 2014 – Italy has issued the SU set 2014, containing the 5 euro silver coin dedicated to the “500th Anniversary of the death of Donato Bramante” and the 2 euro commemorative coin “450th Anniversary of the Birth of Galileo Galilei”.

Italy/ 5 euro/ Silver .925/ 18 mm/ 32 g/ Design: Maria Angela Cassol/ Mintage: 15.000.

Bramante was an Italian architect and painter and is considered one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance. Pope Julius engaged him for the complete rebuilding of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

Bramante also designed one of the most harmonious buildings of the Renaissance: the Tempietto of San Pietro in Montorio, is represented on the obverse of the coin. Despite its small scale, the construction has all the rigorous proportions and symmetry of classical structures, with slender Doric columns and surmounted by a dome. On the reverse is shown a portrait of Bramante.

For more information on this coin please go to the website of the Italian Mint.

You can learn more about Donato Bramente at this online enyclopedia

…or take a look at his artworks here.