Brunelleschi's Dome

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How A Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture

By Ross King

Brunelleschi's Dome is the story of how a Renaissance genius forged men, materials, and the very forces of nature to build an architectural wonder we continue to marvel at today. Initially considered a madman, Brunelleschi was celebrated at the end as a genius. He engineered the perfect placement of brick and stone, built ingenious hoists and cranes (among some of the most renowned machines of the Renaissance) to carry an estimated 70 million pounds hundreds of feet into the air. He designed the workers' platforms and routines so carefully that only one man died during the decades of construction--all the while defying those who said the dome would surely collapse and his own personal obstacles that at times threatened to overwhelm him.

This drama was played out amid plagues, wars, political feuds, and the intellectual transition of Renaissance Florence-- events Ross King weaves into the story to great effect. Even today, in an age of soaring skyscrapers, the cathedral dome of Santa Maria del Fiore retains a rare power to astonish. Ross King brings its creation to life in a fifteenth-century chronicle with twenty-first-century resonance.

Paperback, 208 pages 

Dimensions:  5.5 x 8.25 x 0.5 inches