BRUNELLESCHI, Filippo
(b. 1377, Firenze, d. 1446, Firenze)

Ospedale degli Innocenti

1419-26
Photo
Piazza della SS. Annunziata, Florence

In summer 1426, Brunelleschi completed the loggia (porch) of the Foundlings Hospital, which cared for the city's abandoned children from birth to apprenticeship or marriage. Recalling the vocabulary of Roman architecture, the symmetry of its round-headed arches imparted a visual clarity that was unprecedented in Florence.