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Brunelleschi's Dome

Brunelleschi's Dome
Author : Ross King
Publisher : Random House
Release Date : 2010-01-26
Category : Architecture
Total pages :192
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Even in an age of soaring skyscrapers and cavernous sports stadiums, the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence still retains a rare power to astonish. Yet the elegance of the building belies the tremendous labour, technical ingenuity and bitter personal strife involved in its creation. For over a century after work on the cathedral began in 1296, the proposed dome was regarded as all but impossible to build because of its enormous size. The greatest architectural puzzle of its age, when finally completed in 1436 the dome was hailed as one of the great wonders of the world. It has gone down in history as a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture. This book tells the extraordinary story of how the cupola was raised and of the dome's architect, the brilliant and volatile Filippo Brunelleschi. Denounced as a madman at the start of his labours, he was celebrated at their end as a great genius. His life was one of ambition, ingenuity, rivalry and intrigue - a human drama set against the plagues, wars, political feuds and intellectual ferments of Renaissance Florence, the glorious era for which the dome remains the most compelling symbol. Brunelleschi's Dome was voted Non-Fiction Book of the Year by American Independent Booksellers.

Building the Italian Renaissance

Building the Italian Renaissance
Author : Paula Kay Lazrus
Publisher : UNC Press Books
Release Date : 2019-07-01
Category : History
Total pages :92
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Building the Italian Renaissance focuses on the competition to select a team to execute the final architectural challenge of the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore--the erection of its dome. Although the model for the dome was widely known, the question of how this was to be accomplished was the great challenge of the age. This dome would be the largest ever built. This is foremost a technical challenge but it is also a philosophical one. The project takes place at an important time for Florence. The city is transitioning from a High Medieval world view into the new dynamics and ideas and will lead to the full flowering of what we know as the Renaissance. Thus the competition at the heart of this game plays out against the background of new ideas about citizenship, aesthetics, history (and its application to the present), and new technology. The central challenge is to expose players to complex and multifaceted situations and to individuals that animated life in Florence in the early 1400s. Humanism as a guiding philosophy is taking root and scholars are looking for ways to link the mercantile city to the glories of Rome and to the wisdom of the ancients across many fields. The aesthetics of the classical world (buildings, plastic arts and intellectual pursuits) inspired wonder, perhaps even envy, but the new approaches to the past by scholars such as Petrarch suggested that perhaps the creative classes are not simply crafts people, but men of ideas. Three teams compete for the honor to construct the dome, a project overseen by the Arte Della Lana (wool workers guild) and judged by them and a group of Florentine citizens who are merchants, aristocrats, learned men, and laborers. Their goal is to make the case for the building to live up to the ideals of Florence. The game gives students a chance to enter into the world of Florence in the early 1400s to develop an understanding of the challenges and complexity of such a major artistic and technical undertaking while providing an opportunity to grasp the interdisciplinary nature of major public works.

Brunelleschi's Dome

Brunelleschi's Dome
Author : Ross King
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Release Date : 2013-08-13
Category : Architecture
Total pages :194
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Describes how a fifteenth-century goldsmith and clockmaker, Filippo Brunelleschi, came up with a unique design for the dome to crown Florence's magnificent new cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore, in a dramatic study set against the turbulent backdrop of Renaissance Italy.

Brunelleschi's Dome

Brunelleschi's Dome
Author : Rowland J. Mainstone
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 1977
Category :
Total pages :10
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Brunelleschi's Cupola

Brunelleschi's Cupola
Author : Giovanni Fanelli,Michele Fanelli
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 2004
Category : Architecture
Total pages :287
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This two-part volume offers an innovative analysis and interpretation of Brunelleschi's masterpiece. Part One, which is richly illustrated with iconographic material, traces the design and construction phases of this magnificent building and explores its impact on figurative and literary culture down the ages. With the aid of original charts and diagrams, Part Two provides a thorough analysis of the structure, construction and static equilibrium of the Cupola, including a description and assessment of the current state of the cracks. This provides a solid basis for predicting the likely future behaviour of the monument and for suggesting possible conservation measures.

Brunelleschi's Dome. The Secret of Its Construction

Brunelleschi's Dome. The Secret of Its Construction
Author : Roberto Corazzi
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 2017
Category : Domes
Total pages :152
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Brunelleschi

Brunelleschi
Author : Frank D. Prager,Gustina Scaglia
Publisher : Courier Corporation
Release Date : 2012-05-24
Category : Architecture
Total pages :176
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Comprehensive book describes how Filippo Brunelleschi built the dome of Florence's famed cathedral: masonry techniques, construction concepts, and more. 28 halftones. 18 line illustrations.

Art in Renaissance Italy

Art in Renaissance Italy
Author : John T. Paoletti,Gary M. Radke
Publisher : Laurence King Publishing
Release Date : 2005
Category : Art, Italian
Total pages :576
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"Art mattered in the Renaissance... People expected painting, sculpture, architecture, and other forms of visual art to have a meaningful effect on their lives, " write the authors of this important new look at Italian Renaissance art. A glance at the pages of Art in Renaissance Italy shows at once its freshness and breadth of approach, which includes thorough explanation into how and why works of art, buildings, prints, and other kinds of art came to be. This book discusses how men and women of the Renissance regarded art and artists as well as why works of Renaissance art look the way they do, and what this means to us. It covers not only Florence and Rome, but also Venice and the Veneto, Assisi, Siena, Milan, Pavia, Padua, Mantua, Verona, Ferrara, Urbino, and Naples -- each governed in a distinctly different manner, every one with its own political and social structures that inevitably affected artistic styles. Spanning more than three centuries, the narrative brings to life the rich tapestry of Italian Renaissance society and the art works that are its enduring legacy.

The Stone Skeleton

The Stone Skeleton
Author : Jacques Heyman
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Release Date : 1997-07-03
Category : Technology & Engineering
Total pages :172
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Cambridge's Jacques Heyman provides a thorough and intuitive understanding of masonry structures, such as arch bridges, Greek temples, and Gothic cathedrals. Although his approach is firmly scientific, Heyman does not use complex mathematics. Instead, he introduces the basis of masonry analysis, then considers individual structures, through lucid and informative text. 5 photos. 100 line diagrams. 3 tables.

Ex Libris

Ex Libris
Author : Ross King
Publisher : Random House
Release Date : 2013-06-30
Category : Fiction
Total pages :400
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Responding to a cryptic summons to a remote country house, London bookseller Isaac Inchbold finds himself responsible for restoring a magnificent library pillaged during the English Civil War, and in the process slipping from the surface of 1660s London into an underworld of spies and smugglers, ciphers and forgeries. As he assembles the fragments of a complex historical mystery, Inchbold learns how Sir Ambrose Plessington, founder of the library, escaped from Bohemia on the eve of the Thirty Years War with plunder from the Imperial Library. Inchbold's hunt for one of these stolen volumes - a lost Hermetic text - soon casts him into an elaborate intrigue; his fortunes hang on the discovery of the missing manuscript but his search reveals that the elusive volume is not what it seems and that he has been made an unwitting player in a treacherous game.

Characterization and Computer Modeling for Brunelleschi's Dome of Santa Maria Del Fiore in Florence

Characterization and Computer Modeling for Brunelleschi's Dome of Santa Maria Del Fiore in Florence
Author : Anonim
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 2013
Category :
Total pages :129
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Pippo the Fool

Pippo the Fool
Author : Tracey E Fern
Publisher : Charlesbridge
Release Date : 2011-02-01
Category : Juvenile Fiction
Total pages :48
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In fifteenth-century Florence, Italy, a contest is held to design a magnificent dome for the town's cathedral, but when Pippo the Fool claims he will win the contest, everyone laughs at him. Based on a true story.

Nexus Network Journal 10,1

Nexus Network Journal 10,1
Author : Kim Williams
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Release Date : 2008-12-16
Category : Mathematics
Total pages :204
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Leonardo da Vinci was well aware of the fundamental importance of mathematics for architecture. This book examines Leonardo’s knowledge of theoretical mathematics, explores how he used concepts of geometry in his designs for architectural projects, and reports on a real-life construction project using Leonardo’s principles. Authors include Sylvie Duvernoy, Kim Williams, Rinus Roelofs, Biagio Di Carlo, Mark Reynolds, João Pedro Xavier, Vesna Petresin, Christopher Glass, and Jane Burry.

Brunelleschi's Dome and Dufay's Motet

Brunelleschi's Dome and Dufay's Motet
Author : Charles W. Warren
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 1950*
Category :
Total pages :14
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Michelangelo And The Pope's Ceiling

Michelangelo And The Pope's Ceiling
Author : Ross King
Publisher : Random House
Release Date : 2012-10-31
Category : Art
Total pages :384
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In 1508, Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The thirty-three-year-old Michelangelo had very little experience of the physically and technically taxing art of fresco; and, at twelve thousand square feet, the ceiling represented one of the largest such projects ever attempted. Nevertheless, for the next four years he and a hand-picked team of assistants laboured over the vast ceiling, making thousands of drawings and spending back-breaking hours on a scaffold fifty feet above the floor. The result was one of the greatest masterpieces of all time. This fascinating book tells the story of those four extraordinary years and paints a magnificent picture of day-to-day life on the Sistine scaffolding - and outside, in the upheaval of early sixteenth-century Rome.