Brunelleschi: the Visionary Before da Vinci Descriptive Essay by TherinJ

Brunelleschi: the Visionary Before da Vinci
A look at the artistic and architectural brilliance of Filippo Brunelleschi and how his work fused the disciplines of science, technology and art.
# 67120 | 1,442 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2006 | US

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This paper describes the work of 16th century Italian artist and architect Filippo Brunelleschi and how the innovation and brilliance of his work prepared the Florentine art community for Leonardo da Vinci's reception. The paper focuses specifically on the design and construction of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and how this structure emphasizes most explicitly Brunelleschi's collaboration between science, technology and art. The paper further discusses Brunelleschi's spirit of rivalry and competition that was characteristic of his career and his reputation and the lasting impact these qualities had on the Florentine art community.

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"The inscription on his simple, marble tomb slab reads, "here lies the body of the great ingenious man Filippo Brunelleschi of Florence." Though laid under the south aisle of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the epitaph makes no explicit reference to Brunelleschi's role as its architect. Perhaps the Florentines thought that such information belonged elsewhere, or that it would be obvious to the millions of tourists who stream into the cathedral each year. More likely, the Florentines recognized Brunelleschi as a man who transcended simple vocational categorization, a man who could not be pinned down by a title like "architect" or even "artist," because his work was so manifold."

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