365 Days of Art: December 7 – Judges Consider Brunelleschi’s Proposal for Duomo

December 7, 2014

Filippo Brunelleschi, plans for lifting construction materials for Duomo, c. 1418

Filippo Brunelleschi, plans for lifting construction materials for Duomo, c. 1418

December 7, 1418

Judges consider the model that Brunelleschi submits for the competition to build a Duomo for Florence’s cathedral.

His proposal includes not only building techniques to make such a large structure possible (a self-supporting shell with a rib structure, and using brick laid in rotating herringone patterns) but also the use of machines he invents to lift the materials into position. It is an engineering first.

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