10.22.2009

Children's Books about Filippo Brunelleschi -- the Renaissance Architect

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Waiting for Filippo: The Life of Renaissance Architect Filippo Brunelleschi by Michael Bender

A pop-up book about the Italian Renaissance architect,sculptur and engineer, Filippo Brunelleschi, explaining how he designed the dome of the cathedral in Florence. Brunelleschi developed the theory of perspective, altering the face of architecture. The details of Florentine life are given as the book follows Brunelleschi's career from apprentice to leading architect.



Filippo's Dome by Anne Rockwell
The building of the dome of the city of Florence by Brunelleschi.

Pippo the Fool by Tracey E. Fern
The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence was a marvel of art, architecture, and engineering. But it lacked a finishing ornament, a crowna dome! The city fathers had a solution: to invite the finest masters to compete for the chance to design a dome. The rumors of this contest reached the ears of Filippo Brunelleschi, better known in Florence as Pippo the Fool. As soon as he heard about the contest, Pippo knew it was the chance he had been waiting for. If I can win the contest, I will finally lose that nickname once and for all! This book tells the story of the construction of an architectural masterpieceBrunelleschis Dome. Tracey E. Fern depicts Pippos prickly personality with humor and warmth, and Pau Estradas richly detailed illustrations bring Renaissance Florence to life. An excellent way to introduce kids to an important moment in Western engineering and history.

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