compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
With genius, leadership, and grit, Filippo Brunelleschi raised true artists
to the rank of sublime creators, worthy of eternal praise in the company
of the saints, an image that would dominate the Renaissance.
In fact, he paved the way for the cultural and social revolutions of the
Renaissance itself, through his complex synthesis of inspiration and
analysis, his bold reworking of the classical past to the needs and
aspirations of the present. Once complete, Santa Maria del Fiore was
decorated by artists like Donatello, Paolo Uccello, and Luca Della Robbia,
making it both the birthplace and the proving ground of the Renaissance.
Brunelleschi’s dome still rises from the terra-cotta sea of Florence’s roof
tiles, itself terra-cotta clad yet harmoniously proportioned, like a Greek
goddess in homespun. It is mountainous yet strangely buoyant, as if the
white marble ridges rising to its apex are ropes holding a zeppelin to
Earth. Somehow Brunelleschi captured freedom in stone, exalting the
Florentine skyline ever after with an upward-yearning embodiment of
the human spirit.
Tom Mueller is author of the recently published Extra Virginity: The Sublime and
Scandalous World of Olive Oil. Dave Yoder is a photographer and National Geographic
explorer based in Milan.
Having read this particular article in a copy of the National Geographic
magazine, I was reminded of having seen this excellent PBS take on the
subject of Cosimo Medici and his influence on the birth of the Renaissance.
[IT] was of course the genius of Brunelleschi, which would spark an
architectural revolution across Europe, having been sponsored by
Cosimo de'Medici and the Medici Family Bank. Innovation and
ambition went hand in hand as the genius invented perspective and
in so doing revolutionised ART and established our species modern
way of looking, as well as the way ME•WE SEE the NATURE of LIFE
in all of [IT]'s magnificent grandeur.
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