The “Guild of the Dome” was founded as a non-profit association in 2012 by a group of entrepreneurs, united by the same desire to share, through art and on a global level, the artistic, cultural, social and spiritual values that promote bonds and bring different people and cultures from different geographical areas together.
It was founded in Florence, Italy, where the guilds reached the highest level of economic effectiveness and artistic impact, but is made up of distinguished figures from all over the world. It attracts exceptional members from all continents, who share the same universal values and are capable of thinking ahead and beyond their own lifetimes.
They bring not only funds but also their commitment and credibility to the artistic, but not exclusively, projects, as the first ambitious project to restore the North and South Doors of the Baptistery of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence.
They all desire to associate their names and their achievements to a site with over seven centuries of history, and with the prospect of lasting for the centuries to come.
The membership of the Guild of the Dome is initially limited to sixty individuals, sharing common values and interests across the World. Lifelong membership requires a onetime donation of equal amount from each member.
Similar related associations are being established in other countries, fully compliant with their respective legal and tax systems, to facilitate the fund raising activity of the Guild in those countries. A very important aim of the Guild is the addition of contemporary art to the artistic wealth of the Complex, by artists from all over the World.
THE ANCIENT GUILDS
The guilds had an extraordinary role in the economic, cultural and artistic development of Florence, in the renaissance. These associations of free men were organized by trade ( merchants, artisans, traders, craftsmen, entrepreneurs and business men) ruled Florence, in what is considered one of the earliest democratic political systems of the whole western world.
Reputation, moral standing, business achievements were all qualifying preconditions to becoming a member of a guild.
Similar associations were important in Europe, in China – (Hanghui during the sui dynasty in 589 - 618 ad) and in India (Shreni during the Gupta in 300 - 600), but nowhere else did the guilds contribute to the economic and cultural progress of their community, and thus to the world heritage, as in Florence.