While lead architect of the new St. Peter’s project, what was Michelangelo’s design contribution to the project?
St Peter’s dome is designed by Michelangelo. Unlike the Pieta, Michelangelo began the dome project at the age of 72. The most important theme that he tried to come across is the simplicity and divinity of St. Peter in the presence of light.
Shining above, the Eternal city, and the silver grey dome radiates love of God. Most of the work was done on the lower part of the dome. The dome is on a high drum to give visibility of its massiveness. He had also thickened the exterior walls of the dome. The oval shaped dome that we see today was not an original intend of Michelangelo’s. Regardless, the dome still symbolizes cosmological power for St. Peter who was buried underneath.
Over the last century Highfields has seen many changes: from the buildings and fields, to the make-up of the various communities that have come and settled. However, one thing that has remained a constant in the area has been St Peter’s Church and Community Centre.