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AMS Colloquium Series | Nicola Camerlenghi | “The Medieval Origins of the Cupola of Florence Cathedral”
October 15, 2014 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Ancient & Medieval Studies presents Nicola Camerlenghi, Assistant Professor of Medieval Architecture at Dartmouth College. His talk “The Medieval Origins of the Cupola of Florence Cathedral”
Completed in 1436, Brunelleschi’s cupola over Florence’s cathedral has long been touted as an opening salvo of the Italian Renaissance—a rupture with the Gothic present and a poignant revival of an ancient past. Indeed, the cupola has been the quintessential symbol of the Renaissance since the fifteenth century, when Alberti proclaimed it “vast enough to cover the entire Tuscan population with its shadow.” But what else lurked in its shadow? What were the dome’s true technological and stylistic influences? This paper examines the structural, constructive, and formal qualities of the Brunelleschian cupola in order to address notions of rupture and continuity in architectural history and—more broadly—in the canonical writing of that history.