In 1401 Filippo competed with Lorenzo Ghiberti, a fellow goldsmith, and others to win the honor of designing and casting new bronze doors for the Florence Baptistery. The honor went to Lorenzo.
In 1402 Filippo left
The design of the orphanage struck leading Florentines as quite beautiful and deeply meaningful. From them Filippo continued to receive commissions for the construction of churches and chapels until his death. Two churches, the Basilicas of
In 1418 Filippo competed with Lorenzo Ghiberti to win the honor of designing and supervising the construction of the dome for
Filippo also completed two paintings, one of the Florentine Baptistery and the other of the Palazzo Vecchio, using linear perspective. The visual effect so impressed his contemporaries that the use of linear perspective became standard for painters until the 20th century.
Filippo died on April 15, 1446. His bones lie buried in a crypt beneath Santa Maria del Fiore.
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