Florence had a major role in the establishment of the Renaissance and the Florence Cathedral offers clear evidence of each stage of that development. From the first work done by Giotto to the creation of the dome by Brunelleschi, the structure made a visible statement of the growth of Renaissance art and architecture. The works of art, paintings, and sculptures give an even more tangible record of the changes that the cathedral, the baptistery, and the campanile represent.

Charlie Steen’s classes place historical events in context with art, architecture, religion, and other cultural aspects of a period. He teaches western civilization at UNM. He is the author of several books, including his recently published A Cultural History of Early Modern Europe. A graduate of UNM, he also holds a PhD in early modern European history from UCLA.