The Hospital of the Innocents designed by Filippo Brunelleschi (Photo: Warburg)
Many iconic churches and palaces in Florence were constructed to represent wealth and power. But the earliest, and arguably the most elegant example of Renaissance architecture was built for those who had no power or voice: foundling children. Funded by Francesco Datini, the famous “merchant of Prato,” and designed by the great architect Filippo Brunelleschi, the Ospedale degli Innocenti (Hospital of the Innocents) was the first institution in the world to be dedicated entirely to the well-being of children. It has been welcoming and caring for orphans since the first foundling was left on its doorstep in 1445.
Join Renaissance art historian Elaine Ruffolo as she explores the architecture and magnificent history of the Hospital of the Innocents.
World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*
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