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