This past semester I took a class on Italian Renaissance art.  Naturally I doodled.  We learned about the Cathedral Dome in Florence, designed by Brunelleschi. My professor told us a story about how it came to be, apparently Brunelleschi was commissioned to design the dome.  When the patrons asked him how they were to execute it, since it’s structure seemed impossible,  he was insulted, asked for an egg and a plate, then made this proposition:

“If you can make this egg stand on its own, then you can use my plans and build it yourself.  If you cannot, you will give me permission to execute the dome myself.”

The patrons tried and weren’t able to, Brunelleschi took the plate and cracked the egg’s bottom making it stand, because well he’s badass like that.  My portrait of him is from that story.  The sketch is of the dome itself.

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