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Egnatio Danti placed an astronomical instrument in the Duomo: the Gnomon of Florence. This instrument measures the exact moment of the solstice and therefore the exact time of the year. This was probabaly used to indicate sowing and harvest times, but was also probably used to work out whether the sun’‘s yearly path through the stars is constant, and was a great tool for Galilei and other astronomers.Linked characteristic groups Wist je dat... Linked thematic groups Geography, Science
During the Renaissance (15-16th century), Florence was ruled by the Medici family. Under their patronage the arts, science and literature flourished as nowhere else in Europe. Florence was the city of such writers as Dante, Petrarch, and Macchiavelli, and artists and engineers such as Boticelli, Brunelleschi (who built the magnificent dome on the church of St. Mary of the Flowers), Alberti, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Michelangelo. Also Galileo could count on the support of this family. He also gave lots of his tools to the de Medici. A few of them can still be seen in the Museum of Science, next to the Arno river. The de Medici asked Brunelleschi to construct the church of San Lorenzo.
A pendulum of Foucault experiment was held, which was joined by Umberto Eco (the famous writer and author of “Foucault’‘s Pendulum”) on the 700th birthday of the cathedral.
The Bargello is now a museum, but before this was the city prison. It was here that Leonardo Da Vinci made the drawing of the hanged man, which was hanging out of one of the windows. It was Bernardo di Bandino. He was one of the executors of the Pazzi Conspiracy on 26 April 1478, when they attempted a coup d’état against the rule of the Medici. It started by the killing of Giuliano de’ Medici in the Duomo of Florence during the mass. His brother Lorenzo maneged to escape, having a neckwound.
Filippo Brunelleschi, the architect of the Duomo, went to Rome after he had lost a contest about the doors of the Baptistery of the Duomo. He lost in 1401 by Lorenzo Ghiberti for the design of bronze doors. Brunelleschi did not get the job. To recharge their batteries he went to Rome to study the buildings. Of course he was also at the Partheon. There he got the idea for his dome of the Duomo.Linked thematic groups Architecture Linked other groups Inferno (by Dan Brown)
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