Filippo Brunelleschi

By: Alexis FIshel

About Filippo

Filippo Brunelleschi was an Italian designer and was a key figure in architecture, he was recognized to be the first modern engineer, planner, and construction supervisor. They say that his early life is mostly a mystery. He was the oldest among the founding fathers of the Renaissance. He was the first modern engineer and an innovative problem solver!
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Florence Cathedral

Below is the Florence Cathedral some say it was Brunelleschi's best work, he also invented machines that would specifically help him complete many of his structures!

Vanishing Point

Brunelleschi re-discovered the principles of linear perspective, known to ancient Greeks and Romans, but it was lost during the Middle Ages. With this people are able to paint or draw using a single vanishing point, where all lines on the same plane appear to converge, and objects appear smaller as they vanish into the distance. Brunelleschi displayed his findings with two painted panels (since lost) of Florence streets and buildings. By using the perspective principles, artists of his and our generation are able to use two-dimensional canvases to create illusions of three-dimensional space, crafting a realism not seen previously.
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Interesting Facts:

- Brunelleschi was active through the early 1440's and continued to be active until shortly before his death.

- The authorities refused to grant such a huge commission to a relatively untested architect

- Lived from: 1377-1446; He died at the age of 68 or 69

- Some of his structures are considered keystones of the early Renaissance architectural style

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Most of his projects were made in Italy, and displayed in Florence. You can see some of them below: