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Palla of the Duomo of Florence

1468

The Palla

Andrea del Verrocchio is contracted to make a golden ball (palla) to be placed on top of the lantern of Brunelleschi's cupola on the Duomo in Florence.

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1471

February

3 years, 1 month, 2 days later

Andrea del Verrocchio completes Palla of the Duomo of Florence.

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Andrea del Verrocchio (1435-1488), aged 36: painter; sculptor

1471

May 27

on Saturday

3 months, 25 days later

A Monday, the gilt copper ball was put up on the lantern of the cupola of Santa Maria del Fiore(1).

(1) Some writers place this fact in 1472, and others in 1474, some mistake the year and not the month; but Landucci states the truth, which is confirmed by the following two extracts taken from the Archives of the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore. On the 28th May, 1471, 2 lire 8 soldi given to Marchione, servant of the Opera (Administrative Office), to buy bread and wine for the workmen when they put up the ball. And on the 1st June 3 lire paid to the trumpeters of the Palagio; taken by Matteo di Madonna Andreagia, to be given them for their trouble when they played on the lantern when the cross was put up (Quaderna di Cassa, ad an).

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The moon was in the first quarter that night.

1471

May 30

on Tuesday

3 days later

They placed the cross on the said ball, and the canons and many other people went up and sang the Te Deum there.

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The moon was waxing gibbous that night.

1601

January 27

on Saturday

129 years, 9 months, 4 days later

Palla of the Duomo of Florence is struck by lightning and falls.

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The moon was in the last quarter that night.

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1602

11 months, 9 days later

Palla of the Duomo of Florence is reconstructed.

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