American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Brunelleschi, Filippo 1377-1446. Italian architect celebrated for his work during the Florentine Renaissance. His greatest achievement is the octagonal ribbed dome of the Florence cathedral.
- n. Florentine architect who was the first great architect of the Italian Renaissance (1377-1446)
“The place that inspires me most is Brunelleschi's Pazzi Chapel in Florence.”
“Recently even the British Museum had a wall plaque describing Brunelleschi as the "inventor" of perspective.”
“The problems faced by Brunelleschi were practical but daunting: how to support the weight of the massive dome without external support, how to safely build it without scaffolding and how to hoist an estimated 70 million tons of building materials several hundred feet above the ground and put them into position with pinpoint accuracy.”
“Ross King's 2000 national bestseller, Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture tells the tale of how a 41-year-old goldsmith and clockmaker, Filippo Brunelleschi, won the competition and devoted the rest of his life to solving the monumental puzzles of the dome's construction.”
“This complicated hoist, just one of many machines Brunelleschi invented for constructing the dome, went on to become one of the most celebrated machines of the Renaissance.”
“Brunelleschi died a month later after a short illness.”
“Before construction could begin, Brunelleschi had to design and build a hoist to lift the huge weight of the building materials hundreds of feet off the cathedral floor.”
“Yet another competition was announced, and again Brunelleschi's design won.”
“You begin to understand the scope of ingenuity, tenacity and determination that Brunelleschi possessed to have accomplished the seemingly impossible.”
“Author Ross takes Brunelleschi's enormous challenges and sets them against a background of bitter rivalry, political intrigue, Black Plague, imprisonment and war, weaving a fascinating tale of against-all-odds achievement.”
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