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Florence Cathedral, “Duomo di Firenze”- Piazza del Duomo (1296-1469)

Artist/Designer: Arnolfo di Cambio, Filippo Brunelleschi , Francesco Talenti, Bernardo Rossellino, Giorgio Vasari, Emilio De Fabris

Project Location: Florence, Italy

Figure 1: Facade of the Cathedral ( Source | Accessed : April 13, 2022 | Photographer: Eric van Wijk )
Figure 2: Facade detail, Florence Cathedral ( Source | Accessed : April 20, 2022 | Photographer: Offical Florence Cathedral Website )
Figure 3: View of Brunelleschi's dome ( Source | Accessed : April 20, 2022 | Photographer: Offical Florence Cathedral Website )
Figure 4: Duomo Dome ( Source | Accessed : April 20, 2022 | Photographer: Offical Florence Cathedral Website )
Figure 5: Duomo Dome lantern with detail of the "golden ball" of Verrocchio ( Source | Accessed : April 20, 2022 | Photographer: Offical Florence Cathedral Website )
Figure 6: Frescoed vault of Brunelleschi's dome ( Source | Accessed : April 20, 2022 | Photographer: Eric )
Figure 7: Interior View of the Cathedral ( Source | Accessed : April 13, 2022 | Photographer: Offical Florence Cathedral Website )
Figure 8: Alternate Interior View of the Cathedral ( Source | Accessed : April 13, 2022 | Photographer: Offical Florence Cathedral Website )
Figure 9: Perspective of the Controfacciata ( Source | Accessed : April 13, 2022 | Photographer: Offical Florence Cathedral Website )
Figure 10: Perspective of the Nave ( Source | Accessed : April 13, 2022 | Photographer: Offical Florence Cathedral Website )

Style/Period(s):
Gothic, Renaissance

Primary Material(s):
Stone, Concrete, Brick, Fresco, Mosaics

Function(s):
Religious Building

Related Website(s):

Significant Date(s):
13th Century, 1296, 15th Century, 1469

Additional Information:
Publications/Texts in Print:

De Fabris, Emilio. La facciata di Santa Maria del Fiore: appendice artistica alla relazione della Deputazione Promotrice. 1875.

Haines, Margaret. "Brunelleschi and bureaucracy: the tradition of public patronage at the Florentine Cathedral." I Tatti Studies in the Italian Renaissance 3 (1989): 89-125.

Nagel, Alexander. "Authorship and image-making in the monument to Giotto in Florence Cathedral." RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics 53, no. 1 (2008): 143-151.

Toker, Franklin KB. "Florence cathedral: the design stage." The art bulletin 60, no. 2 (1978): 214-231.

Trachtenberg, Marvin. "Brunelleschi, Ghiberti, and" L'occhio"" minore" of Florence Cathedral." The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 42, no. 3 (1983): 249-257.

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Building Address: Piazza del Duomo, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

Patron: City of Florence in 1296. On March 25th, 1436 the Cathedral was consecrated by Pope Eugene IV.

Significant Dates: Began construction on September 8th, 1296 by Arnolfo Cambio. Then from 1349 to 1359, Francesco Talenti was in charge. The nave was vaulted by 1378 and the side aisles by 1380. The tribunes, and possibly also the drum for the dome, were built between 1380 and 1421. The dome was built between 1420 and 1436 by Filippo Brunelleschi. Later in 1572 and 1579 the internal vault of the Dome was painted by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari with an enormous Last Judgment. On the top is the golden copper ball with an apical cross, a work by Andrea del Verrocchio, placed there in 1471.

Renovated: The construction of a new fa├žade was done by Emilio De Fabris and his assistants between 1871 and 1884. They imitated the decoration of Florentine style from the 14th century that is found on the Bell Tower and on the Baptistery.

Architects: Filippo Brunelleschi, Arnolfo di Cambio, Francesco Talenti, Bernardo Rossellino, and Emilio De Fabris.

Artists: Giorgio Vasari, Federico Zuccari, Andrea del Verrocchio, Andrea di Bonaiuto, Benci and Andrea di Cione, Taddeo Gaddi and Neri di Fioravante.

Associated Projects: Baptistery of San Giovanni - Piazza del Duomo (1059-1128) and Giotto's Bell Tower - Piazza del Duomo (1334- 1359)

Tags: Gothic, Renaissance, Cathedral

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