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Sculpting a Young Artist

A city-wide competition shaped the career of the architect behind Florence's famous dome.
Publish Date: Topic: Ancient WorldsAncient WorldsNova

In 1401, an ambitious young metalworker named Filippo Brunelleschi entered a competition to craft new doors for the Florence Baptistery. Hidden in his bronze panel are early signs of the master Brunelleschi would later become.

A NOVA Production by National Geographic Television Production in association with Camera One Productions.

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(Duomo, Florence)
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Image credit: Still from "Great Cathedral Mystery" (bronze panel)
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This is an excerpt from the NOVA program " Great Cathedral Mystery ."

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