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Filippo Brunelleschi
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Filippo di ser Brunellesco di Lippo Lapi

Florence, Republic of Florence
Died 15 April 1446(1446-04-15) (aged 68–69)
Florence, Republic of Florence
Known for Architecture, sculpture, mechanical engineering
Notable work
Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore
Movement Early Renaissance

'Filippo Brunelleschi ( BROO-nə-LESK-ee also known as Pippo; 1377 – 15 April 1446) was one of the most important architects of the Italian Renaissance. All of his most well-known works are in Florence, Italy.


Early life

Brunelleschi was born in Florence, Italy in 1377. His family consisted of his father, Brunellesco di Lippo, a notary and civil servant, his mother Giuliana Spini, and his two brothers. The family was well-off; the palace of the Spini family still exists, across from the Church of the Trinita in Florence.

Main works

The principal buildings and works designed by Brunelleschi or which included his involvement:

  • Dome of the Florence Cathedral (1419–1436)
  • Ospedale degli Innocenti (1419–ca.1445)
  • The Basilica of San Lorenzo (1419–1480s)
  • Meeting Hall of the Palazzo di Parte Guelfa (1420s–1445)
  • Sagrestia Vecchia, or Old Sacristy of S. Lorenzo (1421–1440)
  • Santa Maria degli Angeli: unfinished, (begun 1434)
  • The lantern of Florence Cathedral (1436–ca.1450)
  • The exedrae of Florence Cathedral (1439–1445)
  • The church of Santo Spirito (1441–1481)
  • Pazzi Chapel (1441–1460s)

Related pages

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  • O'Connor, John J; Edmund F. Robertson "Filippo Brunelleschi". MacTutor History of Mathematics archive.  

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