Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore was the major church in Florence in the Renaissance period, but it was a building which was largely built in the fourteenth century (thus pre-dating the Renaissance).  The origins go back to the Middle Ages, when Italian cities competed to build larger and …

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The Florentine building known as Orsanmichele was one of the most important places for sculpture in the early Renaissance years.  Built in 1337, it was used to store grain and was owned by the city.  Its name was derived from an oratory dedicated to St. Michael that had previously occupied …

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