Summary Of Brunelleschi's Dome By Ross King

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Nathan Higley Period 3 August 21, 2012 AP European Extra Credit Brunelleschi’s Dome The thesis of the book Brunelleschi’s Dome by Ross King is that the Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore built by Filippo Brunelleschi at the time was the biggest and most magnificent dome ever built and to this day no one has built a dome quite like it. The cathedral took over a century to build, Filippo worked on it for a quarter of that time all on the dome. He came up with all new machines and architectural ideas to help achieve this grand feat. One of his ideas was building the dome without wooden centering which was unheard of at the time. The dome was so massive that no one believed he could build it without centering. Also…show more content…
He was truly a genius with all the machines he built that were way before his time. I never would of thought that architects would have as many rivals as he did but when your as good as he was a lot of people would be jealous. One thing that amazed me was how long all the models and pieces of the dome took to build. Also since they didn’t have planes of course to ship the materials they needed it took forever and shipping materials overseas was dangerous back then too for example when they had to get the marble shipped over. I couldn’t imagine devoting most of my life to building a dome. I was amazed he never quit with all the mishaps that happened with the marble and just after working on it for so long that that was all he did eat sleep and breath the dome. Filippo was very cunning and funny with all the pranks he played on people. For instance his greatest rival was Lorenzo Ghiberti and they had to work together on the dome and to prove he was superior to him, Filippo pretended to be dying so Lorenzo had to be in charge of the project. Once Lorenzo messed up Filippo came back and fixed everything and embarrassed

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