Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture by Ross King

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Read Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture Online Free - An Independent Bestseller By all accounts, Filippo Brunelleschi, goldsmith and clockmaker, was an unkempt, cantankerous, and suspicious man-even by the generous standards according to which artists were judged in fifteenth-century Florence. He also designed and erected a dome over the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore-a feat of architectural daring that we continue to marvel at today-thus securing himself a place among the most formidable geniuses of the Renaissance. At first denounced as a madman, Brunelleschi literally reinvented the field of architecture amid plagues, wars, and political feuds to raise seventy million pounds of metal, wood, and marble hundreds of feet in the air. Ross King's captivating narrative brings to life the personalities and intrigue surrounding the twenty-eight-year-long construction of the dome, opening a window onto Florentine life during one of history's most fascinating eras.

Title : Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture
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ISBN : 0142000159
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 167 pages


Ted rated it ★★★★★

October 17, 2016

I read this book about a year before six of us traveled to Italy. A fantastic book from engineering, history of the Renaissance, and history of architecture viewpoints. Having read the book, I knew we had to visit Florence and climb up to the top of il Duomo. I spent many weeks before we left wal...

Kalliope rated it ★★★★☆

February 16, 2016

This is an account of how the monument that human ingenuity could build to itself came into being. During the 13C the prosperous Florence deemed that its small Cathedral needed more than just more repairs. Santa Reparata was then demolished and a new and considerably larger building was commission...

Will rated it ★★★☆☆

February 01, 2014

Updated July 17, 2013 - added image and links At the height of the Renaissance in Florence a competition was announced. The cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore had been under construction for more than a century, but no one knew how to construct the massive dome that was called for in the original de...

Lorna rated it ★★★★☆

February 01, 2018

Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture was a fascinating look at the personal struggles and brilliance of Brunelleschi in his engineering, design and erection of the dome over the beautiful new cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore in the heart of Florence. However, it ha...

Lewis rated it ★★★★☆

December 27, 2011

When you stand in the Duomo in Florence and look up, even though you know the dome has been there for over 5 centuries, it's still hard to believe it stays in place. It's even harder to imagine how it was constructed - without supporting scaffolding. Read this book and you will understand, not on...

Alisa rated it ★★★★☆

January 02, 2018

Great book, fascinating history covering everything that went into the building of this amazing world landmark. Architecture, art history, culture, Italian politics and drama, of course. I learned a lot and was thoroughly enchanted by this book.

Krista rated it ★★★★☆

September 21, 2017

Even the original planners of the dome had been unable to advise how their project might be completed: they merely expressed a touching faith that at some point in the future God might provide a solution, and architects with a more advanced knowledge would be found. I was in Florence a couple of...

Lucy rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 22, 2011

Gee, when I was younger, I thought I wanted to be an architect. I didn't pursue it because I knew I was terrible at math. What I didn't take into account was my complete lack of physics knowledge. After reading this book, I know I made the right decision. There is A LOT of description of pulleys,...

Jason rated it ★★★★☆

July 23, 2012

I'm no engineer and I only vaguely understand the basic tenets of architecture. But I'm a great admirer of history and have tremendous appreciation for the significance of milestone art and architecture. So in advance of an upcoming trip to Florence, I picked up Ross King's "Brunelleschi's Dome",...

Monica rated it ★★★★★

December 23, 2010

(Nov '08)-Have to put this aside, have to cram on South America...Dec. '10-- Brunelleschi’s Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture, by Ross King, was scholarly, yet had a lighter touch than most art history dissertations. It was even a best seller. Extremely well researched, it de...

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