The Resource Brunelleschi's dome : how a Renaissance genius reinvented architecture, Ross King

Brunelleschi's dome : how a Renaissance genius reinvented architecture, Ross King

Label
Brunelleschi's dome : how a Renaissance genius reinvented architecture
Title
Brunelleschi's dome
Title remainder
how a Renaissance genius reinvented architecture
Statement of responsibility
Ross King
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Brunelleschi's Dome is the story of how a Renaissance genius bent men, materials, and the very forces of nature to build an architectural wonder we continue to marvel at today. Denounced at first as 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, and 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 ferments of Renaissance Florence-- events Ross King weaves into the story to great effect, from Brunelleschi's bitter, ongoing rivalry with the sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti to the near capture of Florence by the Duke of Milan. King also offers a wealth of fascinating detail that opens windows onto fifteenth-century life: the celebrated traditions of the brickmaker's art, the daily routine of the artisans laboring hundreds of feet above the ground as the dome grew ever higher, the problems of transportation, the power of the guilds. 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
Cataloging source
YDXCP
Dewey number
726.6/0945/51
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
NA5621.F7
LC item number
K56 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Brunelleschi's dome : how a Renaissance genius reinvented architecture, Ross King
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-177) and index
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Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A More Beautiful and Honourable Temple -- The Goldsmith of San Giovanni -- The Treasure Hunters -- An Ass and a Babbler -- The Rivals -- Men without Name or Family -- Some Unheard-of Machine -- The Chain of Stone -- The Tale of the Fat Carpenter -- The Pointed Fifth -- Bricks and Mortar -- Circle by Circle -- The Monster of the Arno -- Debacle at Lucca -- From Bad to Worse -- Consecration -- The Lantern -- Magni Ingenii Viri Philippi Brunelleschi -- The Nest of Delights
Control code
ocn810534052
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
Paperback edition.
Extent
194 pages
Isbn
9781620401934
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
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u1550992

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