The Dome of Florence

A product from the mind of Filippo Brunelleschi

Brunelleschi's Early Years

Filippo Brunelleschi was born in the year 1377 in Florence, Italy. He lived in Florence nearly his entire life, studying the framework of buildings and engineering the discovery of linear perspective, or an approximate representation of an image as it is seen by the eye. Brunelleschi was considered by historians to be a true genius, as he discovered all of these things by himself.

Brunelleschi's Adulthood

At the age of 21, Brunelleschi became a master goldsmith from the Arte Della Seta, and had a fascination of architecture and the art of building, showing he would eventually become a master architect, not a civil servant like his father wanted. Brunelleschi was a very stubborn man, refusing to share his works with anyone and keeping to himself. Brunelleschi's first major project was the Ospedale degli Innocenti, an orphanage for the children of Florence. After Brunelleschi's patrons, the Medici family, granted him large amounts of money, he started the construction of his greatest project, engineering the dome of the Florence Cathedral. The 22 year process of building the dome, the lantern, and the exedra made Brunelleschi one of the most famous architects of the Renaissance. He revolutionized new types of building and was part of the reason the Renaissance was a flourishing time for Florence, Italy.