Category: History: Europe: 16th Century
Copyright/published Year: 2006 by Viking
It was the splendor - and the scandal - of the age. In 1506, ì the ferociously ambitious Renaissance Pope Julius II tore down ì the most sacred shrine in Europe - the millennium-old St. Peter's ì Basilica built by the Emperor Constantine over the apostle's ì grave - to build a better basilica. Construction of the new St. ì Peter's spanned two centuries, embroiled twenty-seven popes, and ì consumed the genius of the greatest artists of the age - ì Michelangelo, Bramante, Raphael, and Bernini. As the basilica ì rose, modern Rome rose with it as glorious as the city of the ì Caesars. But the cost was unimaginable. The new basilica provoked ì the Protestant Reformation, dividing the Christian world for all ì time. In this swift, colorful narrative, R. A. Scotti brings to ì life the artists and the popes, the politics and the passions ì behind this audacious enterprise. Gothic cathedrals reach up to ì heaven, but the basilica brings heaven to earth, and the new St. ì Peter's was the defining event of the high Renaissance. In the ì tradition of Brunelleschi's Dome, Scotti turns sacred ì architecture into a spellbinding human epic of enormous daring, ì petty jealousy, and staggering genius.
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