Santa Maria del Santo Spirito

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Filippo Brunelleschi, 1377–1446

Florence, Italy; 1430–88

It is not always clear how ideas are transferred from one culture to another – and, when different cultures tell different stories about their development, it is sometimes easier to believe that an idea has been independently reinvented than to accept that it could have been copied.

The architect Brunelleschi was one of the leading lights of the Italian Renaissance, which is generally characterized as marking the end of the Middle Ages and the rebirth of Classical culture – and, indeed, there is nothing Gothic about the finely modelled basilica of Santa Maria ...

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