Brunelleschi's Dome: The Story of the Great Cathedral in Florence

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Even in an age of skyscrapers and sports stadiums, the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, with its immense dome, retains a rare power to astonish. Yet, for more than a century after work began on the cathedral in 1296, the proposed dome was regarded as impossible to build. It became the greatest architectural puzzle of the age, and when finally complete in 1436, was hailed as one of the wonders of the world. Ross King tells the full story of how the cupola was raised, from conception to consecration. He also tells the story of the dome's architect, the brilliant and volatile Filippo Brunelleschi. His ambition, ingenuity and rivalries are set in the context of the plagues, wars and political feuds of Renaissance Florence. It is a fascinating story.

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This is the story of architect (actually a goldsmith and clockmaker) Filippo Brunselleschi's 15th century dome over the the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral in Florence, Italy. I was referred to this ... Read full review

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This was a fascinating read about the construction of the famed dome over the the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral in Florence. I was amazed at Brunelleschi's ingenuity and ability to overcome, what ... Read full review


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Ross King was born in Canada in 1962 and completed a PhD in English Literature at York University in Toronto. He is the author of two novels, Domino, soon to be made into a film, and Ex-Libris. He lives near Oxford.

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