Il Duomo di Santa Maria del Fiore: Florence, 1418

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This game focuses on the competition to complete the final phase of construction on the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence in 1418. It was the great challenge of a generation of workers to figure out how to execute the dome; a project that consumed the lives of many of Florence's citizens and that has provided food for thought and debate for many generations of Florentines and foreign scholars and visitors. Throughout the period during which the cathedral was being built Florence saw a period of enormous economic growth and prosperity and with that the construction of churches and chapels, hospitals and public civic buildings and plazas filled with art. This was also a moment of scholarly ferment with new ideas emerging that were developed by intellectuals looking to understand how best to develop good citizens; citizens who are crucial to the healthy functioning of a republic that requires civic participation. These early projects represent the foundations for the flowering of art and culture that is known as the Renaissance a period of intellectual and creative exploration that was grounded in an appreciation for human achievements, past and present. The game will allow students to investigate the intersection of the creative ideas, practical skills, ideas about applying past knowledge to current problem sets and their intersection with newly articulated ideas about the development of a good society.

About the Author:

Paula Kay Lazrus is an Associate Professor in the Institute for Core Studies at St. John's University in New York City. She is co-editor with Alex Barker of All the King's Horses: Essays on the Impact of Looting and the Illicit Antiquities Trade on our Knowledge of the Past (SAA Press), and currently president of the local NY Society of the Archaeological Institute of America.