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The Cathedral of Florence showing Brunelleschi's unbelievable dome
Filippo Brunelleschi was a man who furthered the ways in art and science. Brunelleschi was the first person to create the dome sence the Greeks and Romans. His name became heard when he spent years trying to figure out the math behind the dome since everything from previous eras was destroyed. One day he got his lucky break when the people who were building the Dome of Florence (the Duomo of Satna Maria del Fiore) decided to try someone new for their design. Brunelleschi marched into their office with eggs. It sounds crazy, but Brunelleschi's discovery came from a simple egg. He asked everyone in the office to make the egg balance on either the top or bottom end. After every person tried Brunelleschi showed everyone how to do it. Its simple, break the bottom part of the egg and all you have left is the standing dome. Even in modern day, Brunelleschi's domes are still by far the best.

Brunelleschi was an architect in the Renaissance who lived from 1377-1446. He was well accomplished in his later years of life when he was actually discovered for his mathematics behind the "dome". Brunelleschi was so important to his society that he "was granted such honors as to be buried in Santa Maria del Fiore, and with a marble bust, which they say was carved from life, and placed there in perpetual memory with such a splendid epitaph." Said to be one of the best architects of all time, Brunelleschi was known for his works which you can still see today:
  • Dome of the Cathedral of Florence, (1419-1436)
  • Ospedale degli Innocenti,‎ (1419-ca.1445)
  • Basilica di San Lorenzo di Firenze, (1419-1480s)
  • Palazzo di Parte Guelfa, (1420s-1445)
  • Sagrestia Vecchia, or Old Sacristy of S. Lorenzo, (1421-1440)
  • Santa Maria degli Angeli: unfinished, (begun 1434)
  • The lantern of the Florence Cathedral, (1436-ca.1450)
  • The exedrae of the Florence Cathedral, (1439-1445)
  • Santo Spirito di Firenze, (1441-1481)
  • Pazzi Chapel, (1441-1460s)
  • Invention of linear perspective (1415)
  • Theatrical Machinery
Brunelleschi's dome's had a strong meaning in the Renaissance period. Domes were usually placed in churches and cathedral's because domes were used to represent heaven. The actual purpose of the dome was to show to people that to gain gods blessing, it is necessary to accept salvation through christ.

Bibliography:
www.greatbuildings.com/ architects/Filippo_Brunelleschi.html
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filippo_Brunelleschi
www.artcyclopedia.com/artists/brunelleschi_filippo.html

By: Cole Torode-McDonald