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Filippo Brunelleschi uses a herringbone design in his dome - something never tried before. Both patrons and workers have strong doubts whether Brunelleschi's plan will work.
How can one lay bricks on an inward-curving vault - without any scaffolding?! To rid his workers of their disbelief, the architect/builder himself ascends the heights to show everyone how to proceed.
The story of the Renaissance thus begins, in a way, with Brunelleschi's dome. "It touches the sky and casts its shadow over the whole of Tuscany," writes a friend of Cosimo.
To show the world what the Florentines have accomplished, Cosimo de Medici calls the Council of Florence. He even pays expenses for people traveling from far-distant lands.
Then ... Cosimo dies in 1464. With the "Godfather of the Renaissance" now gone from the scene, people wonder ... who will take his place?
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.