Chapter 53


Baptismal font – A baptismal font is a piece of furniture used in the church during the baptism ceremony.  Usually made of marble, wood, or metal, baptismal fonts hold the baptismal water with which the person being baptized is sprinkled with or immersed into.




Via dello Studio – Via dell Studio is a street in Florence, which gets its name from the Studio Fiorentino, which was a university founded in the fourteenth century. 




Washington Monument – The Washington Monument is a monument on the National Mall built to commemorate George Washington, the first president of the United States.  The monument is made from marble, granite, and bluestone gneiss and is 555 feet 5 1/8 inches tall, making it the tallest stone obelisk in the world. 




Palazzo dei Canonici – Palazzo dei Canonici is a building in Florence located on the South side of the Piazza del Duomo built in 1830 to house the canons.  In the front of the building are two statues: one of Arnolfo di Cambio and one of Filippo Brunelleschi, the two architects of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore.




The Last Judgment – The Last Judgment is a fresco depicting the Second Coming of Christ completed by artist Michelangelo on the alter wall of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City.  In the fresco, the souls of humans either ascend to heaven or descend into hell, as judged by Christ.




Brunelleschi’s Dome – Brunelleschi’s Dome is a nonfiction book written by Canadian author Ross King that tells the story of Filippo Brunelleschi’s engineering of the dome of the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral and the many challenges he faced in the process.




Caricature – A caricature is a rendered image that exaggerates or simplifies features of its subject.  They can be drawn for a political purpose in political cartoons or simply for entertainment.





Baptistery of San Giovanni –The Baptistery of San Giovanni, also known as the Florence Baptistery or the Baptistery of Saint John, is a religious building in Florence renowned for its three sets of bronze doors with relief sculptures.  The south doors were designed by Andrea Pisano while the north and east doors were designed by the Italian Renaissance artist Lorenzo Ghiberti.  Michelangelo referred to the east doors as the “Gates of Paradise”.  Important Renaissance figures such as members of the Medici family and poet Dante Alighieri were baptized in this building.



Brenda Li

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