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On display at V&A South Kensington
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Lantern model of Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence

Lantern Model
ca. 1971 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

This is a reproduction of the model for the dome surmounting Florence Cathedral (Santa Maria del Fiore) executed by Filippo Brunelleschi (1377-1446). Although the construction of the octagonal opening of the Cathedral (some 42 metres) was complete by 1412/13 the dome itself was not finished until 1436. Brunelleschi had produced drawings for the dome in 1417. A wooden model on which the finished dome was based - possibly that held in the Museo dell' Opera del Duomo in Florence, from which the present reproduction is taken - was executed and submitted as a joint effort to the Cathedral Works by Lorenzo Ghiberti (1378-1455) and Filippo Brunelleschi. Although the dome was begun in 1420 under the supervision of both Ghiberti and Brunelleschi, it was Brunelleschi who subsequently took control of the scheme and saw the project through to its completion in 1436. The dome represents a great architectural feat and is considered one of the greatest domes ever constructed. The present model was presented to the Museum in 1971 by Professor Otello Caprara of the Pinacoteca Nazionale in Bologna. Made in the early 1970s, it is a faithful reproduction of the original wooden model. The gift was almost certainly made in recognition for the conservation assistance given by the V&A to the Bargello and Museo dell'Opera del Duomo following floods.

Object details

Category
Object type
Parts
This object consists of 5 parts.

  • Lantern Model
  • Portion of Lantern Model
  • Portion of Lantern Model
  • Portion of Lantern Model
  • Portion of Lantern Model
TitleLantern model of Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence (generic title)
Materials and techniques
Epoxy resin
Brief description
Lantern model, Epoxy resin, about 1970.
Physical description
Reproduction made in epoxy resin of the original lantern model for the Cathedral at Florence by Filippo Brunelleschi.
Credit line
Given by Professor Otello Caprara
Places depicted
Summary
This is a reproduction of the model for the dome surmounting Florence Cathedral (Santa Maria del Fiore) executed by Filippo Brunelleschi (1377-1446). Although the construction of the octagonal opening of the Cathedral (some 42 metres) was complete by 1412/13 the dome itself was not finished until 1436. Brunelleschi had produced drawings for the dome in 1417. A wooden model on which the finished dome was based - possibly that held in the Museo dell' Opera del Duomo in Florence, from which the present reproduction is taken - was executed and submitted as a joint effort to the Cathedral Works by Lorenzo Ghiberti (1378-1455) and Filippo Brunelleschi. Although the dome was begun in 1420 under the supervision of both Ghiberti and Brunelleschi, it was Brunelleschi who subsequently took control of the scheme and saw the project through to its completion in 1436. The dome represents a great architectural feat and is considered one of the greatest domes ever constructed. The present model was presented to the Museum in 1971 by Professor Otello Caprara of the Pinacoteca Nazionale in Bologna. Made in the early 1970s, it is a faithful reproduction of the original wooden model. The gift was almost certainly made in recognition for the conservation assistance given by the V&A to the Bargello and Museo dell'Opera del Duomo following floods.
Bibliographic reference
Leslie, Fiona. 'Inside, Outside: Changing Attitudes towards Architectural Models in the Museums at South Kensington', Architectural History, 47, 2004, pp. 159-200.
Collection
Accession number
REPRO.A.1971:1 to 5-1

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Record createdAugust 6, 2003
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