Bartolommeo Berrecci’s most famous construction is Sigismund’s Chapel. The Chapel was built from 1519-1533 in Kraków, Poland. Sigismund's Chapel is important because it was build as a funerary chapel for the last Jagiellons, the dynastic family of Poland. In general, average people and architects alike simply think that it is beautiful because of it’s fine attention to detail and perfect symmetry.
A side view of Sigismund's Chapel.
Classicism: The golden tome on the chapel’s roof is a perfect demonstrations of Classicism. They were clearly inspired by the Rome’s Pantheon, a religious building that had a massive dome for a roof.
Idealism: Berrecci’s chapel is clearly an ideal building, because of it’s perfect symmetry, as well as it’s elegant colors and tall stature.
Secularism: The meaning behind the chapel is to honor the Jagiellons, the old dynastic family in Poland. One of secularism’s features is a focus on important political figures. Because this chapel is to commemorate a line of rulers, it is definitely secular.
I find this piece interesting because it does not really look like a normal chapel. It is rather small, in my opinion, and its square base is an odd shape for a chapel. When I think of a chapel, I think of a long building with steep slanted roofs and tall rectangular spires. Berrecci decides to put a dome on the top of his chapel, and make its base a square instead of a rectangle. Also, I think the colors that were used are interesting. The gold on the outside of the church shimmers in the sunlight and really catches my eye. All in all, I like Sigismund’s Chapel because of it’s interesting yet unorthodox appearance.