[...] MICHELANGELO'S SOLUTION WAS RADICAL.

 

[...] THE THREE REMODELLED PALAZZI ENCLOSE A HARMONIOUS TRAPEZOIDAL SPACE.

 

[...] SINCE NO "PERFECT" FORMS WOULD WORK WITHIN THE DIMENSION OF THE PLAZA, HIS APPARENT OVAL IN THE PAVING

IS ACTUALLY EGG-SHAPED, NARROWER AT ONE END THAN AT THE OTHER. THE OVAL SHAPE COMBINED WITH THE DIAMOND PATTERN

WITHIN IT WAS A PLAY ON THE PREVIOUS RENAISSANCE GEOMETRIES OF THE CIRCLE AND SQUARE.

 

[...] ITS CENTRE SPRINGS SLIGHTLY, SO THAT ONE SENSES THAT HE/SHE IS STANDING ON THE EXPOSED SEGMENT

OF A GIGANTIC EGG ALL BUT BURIED AT THE CENTRE OF THE CITY AT THE CENTRE OF THE WORLD.

 

[...] AN INTERLACED TWELVE-POINTED STAR MAKES A SUBTLE REFERENCE TO THE CONSTELLATIONS, REVOLVING AROUND

THIS SPACE CALLED CAPUT MUNDI, LATIN FOR "HEAD OF THE WORLD."

 

[...] THIS PAVING DESIGN WAS NEVER EXECUTED BY THE POPES, WHO MAY HAVE DETECTED A SUBTEXT OF LESS-THAN-CHRISTIAN IMPORT. BENITO MUSSOLINI ORDERED THE PAVING COMPLETED TO MICHELANGELO'S DESIGN IN 1940.