Brunelleschi: Studies of His Technology and Incentions

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A pioneer of Italian Renaissance architecture, Filippo Brunelleschi is most famous for his daring and original ideas, among them the magnificent dome of Florence's famed Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral. This comprehensive book describes how he created the structure, construction concepts, and other inventions. 28 halftones, 18 line illustrations.
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Overview


A pioneer of Italian Renaissance architecture, Filippo Brunelleschi is most famous for his daring and original ideas, among them the magnificent dome of Florence's famed Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral. This comprehensive book describes how he created the structure, construction concepts, and other inventions. 28 halftones, 18 line illustrations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486434643
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 9/2/2004
  • Series: Dover Architecture Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 602,028
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Works Frequently Cited ix
Measures and Values x
Note on Technical Manuscripts Influenced by Brunelleschi xi
1 Beginnings of Brunelleschian Concepts 1
Background 2
Early Studies 9
The Tambour 18
2 Brunelleschi's "Masonry Work" 23
After the Tambour 23
The Masonry Model 30
The Structural Plan 32
The Planned External Shapes. The Methods 39
Building the Cupola 42
Later Designs 44
3 The New Concepts for Construction 47
Vaulting Without Armature 47
Confluence of Classic and Gothic 53
The Wood Chain 55
The Stone Chains 57
Brunelleschi as Structural Engineer 61
4 Drawings of Brunelleschian Machines 65
Ghiberti's Zibaldone. A Secret Hoist 65
A Reversible Hoist 70
Elevated Cranes 74
Elevated Load Positioners 78
Other Devices 80
5 History of Brunelleschi's Machines 85
The Origins 85
Building the Machines 85
Work of the Machines 88
Later Machines 93
Oblivion of Brunelleschian Machines 96
Brunelleschi as Inventor of Machines 107
6 Brunelleschi as Patentee and Contractor 111
7 Brunelleschi on Invention and Building 125
Conclusions 135
Documents 139
Brunelleschi's Influence 146
Index 149
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