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Anecdotes Of Arnalfo Del Cambio

( Originally Published 1915 )



Arnalfo was born in 1232 and died in 1300. Vasari says that by his labors architecture made equal progress with that of painting under the influence of Cimabue. His greatest work was on the cathedral at Florence, the walls of which, greatly altered today, were almost covered with marbles of various colors. So great was the strength of the foundations, nearly thirty feet deep, that they gave Brunelleschi the courage to erect the great dome upon them. Besides the cathedral he made the plans of the church of Santa Croce, one of the most interesting today to visitors in Florence. His portrait was introduced into one of the paintings in this church, but it has been lost.

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