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Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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Filippo Brunelleschi was a proud and outspoken man who may have caused controversy within his own lifetime but the quality of his technical understanding was never in doubt

Famous Quotes by Filippo Brunelleschi

The gifts given to us by God must not be relinquished to those who speak ill of them and who are moved by envy or ignorance.

Do not share your inventions with many; share them only with the few who understand and love the sciences.

I propose to build for eternity.

To disclose too much of one's inventions and achievements is one and the same thing as to give up the fruit of one's ingenuity.

Many are ready, when listening to the inventor, to belittle and deny his achievements so that he will no longer be heard in honourable places, but after some months or a year, they use the inventor's words in speech or writing or design.

We must not show to all and sundry the secrets of the waters flowing in ocean and river, or the devices that work on these waters. Let there be convened a council of experts and masters in mechanical art to deliberate what is needed to compose and construct these works.

Quotes on Filippo Brunelleschi by Art Historians, other Artists and from his own Tombstone

The legacy left by the oeuvre of Brunelleschi is discussed throughout our biography and the strength of it has ensured that many have commented on his work over the centuries that have passed since. Besides biographers of the Renaissance, many other famous artists have also made mention of elements of his work during their own lifetimes, often as inspiration on their own careers.

Both the magnificent dome of this famous church and many other devices invented by Filippo the architect bear witness to his superb skill. Therefore, in tribute to his exceptional talents, a grateful country that will always remember buries him here in the soil below.

The Inscription on Filippo Brunelleschi's grave within Il Duomo