Brunelleschi's Dome

Brunelleschi's Dome

The Story of the Great Cathedral in Florence

Book - 2005
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Even in an age of soaring skyscrapers and cavernous sports stadiums, the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, with its immense, terracotta-tiled cupola, still retains a rare power to astonish. Yet the elegance of the building belies the tremendous labour, technical ingenuity and bitter personal strife involved in its creation. For over a century after work on the cathedral began in 1296, the proposed dome was regarded as all but impossible to build because of its enormous size. the dome was hailed as one of the great wonders of the world. To this day, it remains the highest and widest masonry dome ever built. This book tells the extraordinary story of how the cupola was raised, from its conception to its consecration. Also told is the story of the dome's architect, the brilliant and volatile Filippo Brunelleschi. Denounced as a madman at the start of his labours, he was celebrated at their end as a great genius. His life was one of ambition, ingenuity, rivalry and intrigue - a human drama set against the plagues, wars, political feuds and intellectual ferments of Renaissance Florence, the glorious era for which the dome remains the most compelling symbol.
Publisher: London : Pimlico, 2005, c2000
Edition: 2nd Pimlico ed. --
ISBN: 9781844138272
1844138275
Branch Call Number: 726.6094551 Kin 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 184 p. :,ill. (some col.). --

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ChristchurchLib May 12, 2014

"Acclaimed author Ross King, known for both his historical fiction and his narrative nonfiction about the arts, compellingly recounts how Filippo Brunelleschi designed and executed the most magnificent church dome in Florence. Weaving together vivid details of Brunelleschi's personal life, his artistic and engineering discoveries, and the history of 15th-century Florence, Brunelleschi's Dome celebrates the achievement that "would forever transform architecture from a mechanical craft into a creative art" (Booklist)." History and Current Events May 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/07a6a31c-7455-4328-9850-87f64b0c952f?postId=4ba36ab2-e78e-4e70-abde-d37ee7b88a73

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