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To obtain the knowledge Brunelleschi needs - first to accurately create architectural drawings, then to build his cathedral dome - Filippo travels to Rome. Accompanied by Cosimo de Medici, he studies the Parthenon.
This ancient-times survivor is, initially, a mystery to Brunelleschi. What are the secrets of the Parthenon's dome? How does one make concrete to last more than a thousand years? As the architect studies the ancient building, he begins to understand its structure.
Meanwhile, Giovanni's health begins to fade. Always a modest man, who rides a mule through the streets of Florence, he gives his son a warning: Stay out of the public eye, be modest, go the palace of government only when you are summoned. Giovanni dies, in 1429.
Cosimo has lost not just his father, but also his guide and mentor. Rival families worry whether Cosimo will challenge their authority.
As work continues on his dome, Brunelleschi confronts the limitations of the age in which he lives. Since ancient building plans did not survive the sack of Rome, the architect must devise his own ingenious ways to erect the spectacular dome.
NOTE: The musical work, performed during Giovanni's funeral scene, is "Ameno," by Era.
Clip from "Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance," Episode 1 - "Birth of a Dynasty." Online, courtesy PBS. Copyright, PBS, all rights reserved. Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with the program.