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Brunelleschi’s Dome by Ross King

To be honest, I read this book a couple of years ago so the details may not be as fresh as if I had read it last week.

Nonetheless, I loved this book.  I’m not particularly interested in architecture, or Italian history, but King does a terrific job of telling the amazing story of Filippo Brunelleschi and the design and building of the dome on the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence.  After reading this story, I so wanted to travel to Florence and see for myself the wonders behind this feat of architectural wonder.  It is still the largest dome ever built from bricks and mortar.

If you are put off by detailed art books, filled with nomenclature you don’t understand, consider reading this book as a way to learn more about the Italian Renaissance, the politics behind the times, and the problem-solving skills Brunelleschi needed to call upon to make this dome become a reality.

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September 8, 2008 - Posted by | Books | , , ,

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