The Architect Filippo Brunelleschi Descriptive Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

The Architect Filippo Brunelleschi
Looks at the Renaissance architect Filippo Brunelleschi, who brought architecture to the common man.
# 119116 | 1,555 words | 4 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Apr 01, 2010 in Architecture (Buildings) , Architecture (European) , History (Leaders) , Architecture (Theory)

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This paper describes the life of Renaissance architect Filippo Brunelleschi, who was also a gifted mathematician and engineer. The writer investigates the ways in which Brunelleschi's architecture, which was very advanced for the time, gained him recognition as the seminal figure in the transition between the Medieval and Renaissance periods. The paper underscores that Brunelleschi achieved the highest principles of humanism through the use of natural mathematical principles and classical simplicity of design as illustrated by three of his major works: the Ospedale degli Innocenti, the Pazzi chapel, and the San Lorenzo in Florence.

From the Paper:

"The Pazzi chapel, completed in Brunelleschi's early architectural career, is a triumph of the central plan. Indeed, it may have been the first church to utilize such a plan as churches were traditionally done following a Greek cross with the nave at the rear. Here the space is arranged in a complex and sophisticated manner based on geometric principles. The proportions are harmonious with a central square topped with a hemispherical dome, which is extended on either side so that the square forms the center of one main rectangle."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brunelleschi, Filippo. (2007). In Encyclopaedia Britannica. Retrieved June 25, 2007, from Encylopaedia Britannica Online:, Isabelle Hyman.
  • Gardner, Helen. (1997). Gardner's Art Through the Ages. 10th Edition, New York: Springer.
  • Manetti, Antonio. (1970). The Life of Brunelleschi. Pennsylvania State University Press.
  • Prager, Frank. (1970). Brunelleschi: Studies of his Technology and Inventions. Cambridge: The M.I.T. Press.

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