Lecture Details LANL’s Collaboration on Italy’s Great Cupola

Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral. Courtesy photo


Learn about the construction of Brunelleschi’s great dome for Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral in Florence, Italy and how collaborations with scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory may help to save it.

The Los Alamos Historical Society will sponsor a talk by Carlo Blasi, Eva Coisson and Federica Ottoni, from the University of Parma, Italy.

The speakers are Italian scientists and historians of Renaissance architecture. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at Fuller Lodge.

The speakers will tell the story of how Brunelleschi constructed his huge dome atop the great Duomo in Florence in the 15th century. The talk will cover both the history of this world-famous dome and the science being done to keep it from collapsing in the event of a large earthquake.

The Italians are in Los Alamos to give the Director’s Colloquium at LANL Feb. 12 with the goal of collaborating with laboratory structural scientists to expand their studies of the Dome.

This is an opportunity for the community to learn how this great work of art was built and how LANL may contribute its expertise to help save it.




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