A Review of Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented
Architecture by Ross King
by Kathleen Lang
Filippo, Duomo. 1420-1436, Florence. Tuscany. Italy. ŠKathleen
It is one of the western
world's greatest architectural mysteries: exactly how was the
enormous dome of the Florence Cathedral constructed?
In 1418, the city of
Florence announced a competition for a design for the dome of
the city's new cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore. What resulted
was a fierce contest between several Florentine artists and architects
to secure this very important commission.
As the winner of the
competition, Filippo Brunelleschi created a bold design for the
dome in what was (and still is) the largest dome in the world.
At 143 feet in diameter the construction of the dome would require
daring innovations in engineering that anyone but a genius architect,
such as Brunelleschi, would certainly avoid.
In this very readable
and informative book, author Ross King brings to life the story
behind Brunelleschi's achievement. While the subject may sound
overly technical, King deftly weaves the details of the dome's
construction with the sights and sounds of 15th century Florence.
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