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Out of the clash of genius and the caprice of popes it came---the most glorious monument of the Renaissance. It was the splendor---and the scandal---of the age. In 1506, the ferociously ambitious Renaissance Pope Julius II tore down the most sacred shrine in Europe---the millennium-old St. Peter's Basilica built by the Emperor Constantine over the apostle's grave---to build a better basilica. Construction of the new St. Peter's spanned two centuries, embroiled 27 popes, and consumed the genius of the greatest artists of the age---Michelangelo, Bramante, Raphael, and Bernini. As the basilica rose, modern Rome rose with it as glorious as the city of the Caesars. But the cost was unimaginable---the extravagance of the new basilica provoked the Protestant Reformation, dividing the Christian world for all time.
In the tradition of >Brunelleschi's Dome, Scotti turns sacred architecture into a spellbinding human epic of enormous daring, petty jealousy, and staggering genius.
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Penguin Random House
Publication Date: 2007
|Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.31 (inches)|
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