DOME OF FLORENCE CATHEDRAL
Brunelleschi designed a dome(1420~36) to crown the 14thcentury
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore: it had remained incomplete, with
a huge octagonal opening that posed enormous constructional problems. Although Brunelleschi went
to Rome with the sculptor Donatello to study classical buildings, the dome is largely Gothic in character, built around a
self-supporting masonry of eight main ribs.