From American Vitruvius: Civic Art by Hegemann and Peets 1 quotes

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After the Renaissance had turned decidedly against the informality of the Middle Ages, involuntary and dictated by conditions as it often was, the designers of the Post-Renaissance period made it a point to break the laws which had been considered immutable during the Renaissance. Michelangelo meant to burst the toils and chains of architectural rules, ancient and modern. That does not mean, however, that he and his followers wanted to be without rules; on the contrary in place of the old simple rules that were broken, new and more complicated ones were established and the new ones grew continuously more intricate... Architecture