Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture
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... show more
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.
Publish date: November 1st 2001
Pages no: 167
Edition language: English
, Art History
An interesting biography of Filippo Brunelleschi, including the design and construction of the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral in Florence, as well as the design and building of some pretty impressive construction machinery. The book could have done with more architectural diagrams and explanations...
An absolutely marvelous account of the construction of the Dome of Florence Cathedral, led by the chief architect Brunelleschi. In merely more than 150 pages, Ross King with his clear explanation and thorough study, offers the audience the chance to follow the beauty of architecture as an art. The b...
burned out. Might be of greater interest to others with a more technical bent.
Cool little book. Not exactly crucial to anything, but it gives some nice flavor of life in the early Renaissance, and of the return of architecture - and at 167 pages, it's only an afternoon's commitment anyway. David Macaulay's Cathedral would be an excellent companion read, and I found it usefu...
I couldn't put this book down. Historical background on the great dome (Duomo) in Florence. The author's style didn't have it reading like a text book but a an interesting story of the background to getting the dome built and the mastermind behind it.