Hospital Of Innocents: Filippo Brunelleschi

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The purpose of this paper is to provide information about the Hospital of Innocents, which is one of the most magnificent buildings in Italian history. In addition, this paper provides brief information about Filippo Brunelleschi –the architect of the Hospital of the Innocents—and his contributions to Italian architecture. The Hospital of Innocence, also known as Ospedale Degli Innocenti(in italian), is one of the magnificent structures in Florence, Italy. It was built in the 15th century as an orphanage for abandoned children. It was a charity institution that was financed by the Silk Guild. The purpose of this institution was to raise abandoned children and teach them some skills. The Hospital of Innocents was built by architect Filippo…show more content…
He was born in 1377 in Florence, Italy. One of his most famous works is the dome of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (the Duomo) in Florence. In this project, he used the machines that he specifically invented for this project. Brunelleschi had a significant impact on architecture in the Italian Renaissance; his work was followed by many architects. One of his significant contributions was that he rediscovered lost Greek and Roman methods of design. This discovery led to the development of the concept of linear perspective (showing depth on a flat surface). Brunelleschi has been very influential on some of the following artists, including Michelangelo and Donato Bramante. He is remembered as the person who designed and built some of the most magnificent architecture in…show more content…
As discussed earlier, the Hospital of Innocents was designed as an orphanage for abandoned children. The orphanage commission came from Florence's guild of silk manufacturers and goldsmiths. When this group decided to build a hospital for abandoned children (i.e., Hospital of Innocents), they chose one of their own members, Brunelleschi, as the architect of the project. When building the Hospital of Innocents, similar to other 15th century architectural artworks, Brunelleschi used a plain and simple style. This helped him to keep the costs down. However, despite its simplicity, the building delivered both beauty and functionality. Unlike the traditional theme which includes a church-like structure, Brunelleschi created a large loggia (a covered porch) that helped link the outside world with the internal workings of the Hospital of Innocents. Through this loggia, parents were able to deliver unwanted children to the care of the

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