The architecture of the fabled Renaissance, which occurred between the early 15th and 17th centuries, was brought to light by the genius of Filippo Brunelleschi and his awe-inspiring dome in Florence. The style spread rapidly across Italian towns and then to France, Germany and surrounding countries, England and even Russia. In a conscious effort to revive elements of the classical Greek and Roman cultures, Renaissance architecture returned to symmetry, proportion and geometry while using orderly columns and pilasters, domes, and niches. Another characteristic of Renaissance architecture is sgraffito, as the methods were similar to those of the fresco. Sgraffito was used enthusiastically in Germany and the surrounding lands.