#31  Brunelleschi & The Dome II

#31 Brunelleschi & The Dome II

When Bruno – or Pippo was he was known to his friends (short for Filippo) went to Rome, after the embarrassment of the Baptistery doors competition, it wasn’t the Rome of Augustus. At its height, Rome’s population was one million people. When Bruno arrived...
#30  Brunelleschi & The Dome I

#30 Brunelleschi & The Dome I

After he finished the first set of doors, he was commissioned to make a huge bronze statue of John The Baptist by the same guild – by the cloth merchant’s guild, the Arte di Calimala. –  for the outside wall of Orsanmichele (Orsan-mikele) – (or...
#29  Ghiberti & The Doors II

#29 Ghiberti & The Doors II

Anyway – governors of Florence may have had a more immediate reason for selecting this story. The climax of the story emphasizes divine intervention, and we must remember that the Florentines were facing a series of threats from outside forces – we’ll...
#28  Ghiberti & The Doors I

#28 Ghiberti & The Doors I

If you’ve ever been to Florence, you’ve no doubt paid a visit to the Duomo, the Florence Cathedral, formally the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore. Known as the Duomo. Well we’re NOT going to be talking about that today. Instead we’re going to be talking about the...
#27 – Boccaccio Part Three

#27 – Boccaccio Part Three

So let’s talk about The Decameron. The book’s primary title exemplifies Boccaccio’s fondness for Greek philology: Decameron combines two Greek words, δέκα, déka (“ten”) and ἡμέρα, hēméra (“day”), to form a term that means...
#26 – Boccaccio Part Two

#26 – Boccaccio Part Two

Let’s talk about the Filocolo The title means “the one struck down by love”. It is considered to be the first novel of Italian literature written in prose. Florio, son of the King of Spain, and Biancifiore, an orphan. They grow up together, get separated,...