Derided as a madman. Hailed as a genius. Filippo Brunelleschi was petulant, secretive, and the mastermind behind one of the Renaissance’s most daring architectural legacies: the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence. But that’s not all.
Brunelleschi was also a goldsmith and a clockmaker, an engineer and an artist. He rescued perspective painting from history’s rubbish bin. He invented hoists that literally took architecture to new heights. And by the time that Brunelleschi was an old man, a young fellow named Leonardo da Vinci was studying his work, aspiring to build a dome to rival the Duomo in size and splendor. Da Vinci’s never got past the planning stages, but Brunelleschi’s dome forever changed architecture. They called him brilliant. They called him a visionary. So why don’t more people know his name? We’re examining the life of the original Renaissance Man.
They called him brilliant. They called him a visionary. So why don’t more people know his name? We’re examining the life of the original Renaissance Man
(Hosted By Judy Swallow)
Ross King, author, “Brunelleschi’s Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture.”