Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal: Building St. Peter’s

Scotti traces the defining event of a glorious epoch: the building of St. A dazzling portrait of human achievement and excess, Basilica is a triumph of historical writing. In this dramatic journey through religious and artistic history, R. Peter?s Basilica. A. By the time it was completed, shakespeare had written all of his plays, the Mayflower had reached Plymouth?and Rome had risen with its astounding basilica to become Europe?s holy metropolis.

Begun by the ferociously ambitious pope julius ii in 1506, challenge the greatest Renaissance masters?Michelangelo, the endeavor would span two tumultuous centuries, Raphael, and Bramante?and enrage Martin Luther.

The Genius in the Design: Bernini, Borromini, and the Rivalry That Transformed Rome

Engrossing and impeccably researched, full of dramatic tension and breathtaking insight, in the process, The Genius in the Design is the remarkable tale of how two extraordinary visionaries schemed and maneuvered to get the better of each other and, created the spectacular Roman cityscape of today. Peter's in rome, became the greatest architects of their era by designing some of the most beautiful buildings in the world, and ended their lives as bitter enemies.

Enormously talented and ambitious artists, they met as contemporaries in the building yards of St. The rivalry between the brilliant seventeenth-century Italian architects Gianlorenzo Bernini and Francesco Borromini is the stuff of legend.

Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture

He engineered the perfect placement of brick and stone, built ingenious hoists and cranes among some of the most renowned machines of the Renaissance to carry an estimated 70 million pounds hundreds of feet into the air, and designed the workers' platforms and routines so carefully that only one man died during the decades of construction--all the while defying those who said the dome would surely collapse and his own personal obstacles that at times threatened to overwhelm him.

It was offered not by a master mason or carpenter, then forty-one, but by a goldsmith and clockmaker named Filippo Brunelleschi, who would dedicate the next twenty-eight years to solving the puzzles of the dome's construction. In the process, he did nothing less than reinvent the field of architecture.

Brunelleschi's dome is the story of how a Renaissance genius bent men, materials, and the very forces of nature to build an architectural wonder we continue to marvel at today. This drama was played out amid plagues, from brunelleschi's bitter, wars, and the intellectual ferments of Renaissance Florence-- events Ross King weaves into the story to great effect, political feuds, ongoing rivalry with the sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti to the near catpure of Florence by the Duke of Milan.

The dome would literally need to be erected over thin air. Of the many plans submitted, one stood out--a daring and unorthodox solution to vaulting what is still the largest dome 143 feet in diameter in the world. King also offers a wealth of fascinating detail that opens windows onto fifteenth-century life: the celebrated traditions of the brickmaker's art, the daily routine of the artisans laboring hundreds of feet above the ground as the dome grew ever higher, the problems of transportation, the power of the guilds.

Even today, in an age of soaring skyscrapers, the cathedral dome of Santa Maria del Fiore retains a rare power to astonish.

A Global History of Architecture

Unique in its non-eurocentrism, this book provides a fresh survey of architectural history with a truly global perspective, fulfilling the National Architectural Accrediting Board's requirements for 'non-Western' architecture in history education. Track the history of architecture through a comparative timeline that spans the globe Learn how disparate design styles evolved side-by-side, and which elements migrated where Delve into non-Western architecture with expert insight and an historical perspective Explore further with an online Interactive Resource Center featuring digital learning tools Escalating globalization has expanded our perspective of both history and architecture beyond Europe and the U.

S. Used book in Good Condition. To the present, contrasts and influences, this unique guide is written by an architectural all-star team who emphasize connections, reminding us that history is not linear and that everything was 'modern architecture' in its day. Spanning from 3, 500 b. C. E. A global history of architecture takes you inside history itself to witness the the growth and movements that built our world.

The all-new online enhanced companion site brings history to life, providing a clearer framework through which to interpret and understand architecture through the ages. This new third edition has been updated with new drawings from Professor Ching, expanded discussion on contemporary architecture, including maps with more information and color, and in-depth chapter introductions that set the stage for global views.

Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling

In 1508, despite strong advice to the contrary, the powerful Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo to paint the ceiling of the newly restored Sistine Chapel. A panorama of illustrious figures converged around the creation of this great work-from the great Dutch scholar Desiderius Erasmus to the young Martin Luther-and Ross King skillfully weaves them through his compelling historical narrative, offering uncommon insight into the intersection of art and history.

With little experience as a painter though famed for his sculpture David, Michelangelo was reluctant to begin the massive project. Used book in Good Condition. Battling against ill health, financial difficulties, domestic problems, and a bitter rivalry with the brilliant young painter Raphael, the pope's impatience, Michelangelo created scenes so beautiful that they are considered one of the greatest masterpieces of all time.

Michelangelo and the pope's ceiling recounts the four extraordinary years Michelangelo spent laboring over the vast ceiling while the power politics and personal rivalries that abounded in Rome swirled around him.

How to Read Churches: A Crash Course in Ecclesiastical Architecture

All entries are illustrated with period engravings and line drawings. Used book in Good Condition. Organized according to architectural element windows, domes, arches, etc. Each element is presented in chronological order. Additional chapters explore the architectural influence of geography, and various creeds, along with an illustrated timeline showing how, history, where, and in many cases why certain church features evolved through the centuries.

This book will be invaluable for architecture buffs and anyone who has ever wondered why classic New England churches are white with little ornament, why Quaker meetinghouses have no altars, or why Episcopalians traditionally favored the Gothic style. Every building contains clues embedded in its design that identify not only its architectural style but also who designed it, what kind of congregation it was built for, and why.

Small enough to fit in a pocket yet serious enough to provide real answers, tourists, this primer is a must-have for architecture and history buffs, and churchgoers interested in decoding the styles and symbols of religious buildings. This practical yet charming handbook is the key to decoding the style, history, evolution, and social significance of religious buildings.

There is also a useful introduction to naming each component of a church, from vaults to buttresses and transepts to apses. Rizzoli International Publications. Not strictly limited to churches, chapels, and monasteries, it also covers abbeys, among other structures.

Beauty: A Very Short Introduction

Is there a right judgment to be made about beauty? is it right to say there is more beauty in a classical temple than a concrete office block, this introduction to the philosophy of beauty draws conclusions that some may find controversial, more in a Rembrandt than in an Andy Warhol Campbell Soup Can? Forthright and thought-provoking, and as accessible as it is intellectually rigorous, as Scruton shows, but, help us to find greater sense of meaning in the beautiful objects that fill our lives.

In this very short introduction, the renowned philosopher roger scruton explores the concept of beauty, asking what makes an object--either in art, in nature, or the human form--beautiful, and examining how we can compare differing judgments of beauty when it is evident all around us that our tastes vary so widely.

. Oxford university Press USA. Used book in Good Condition. Rizzoli International Publications. Yet it is never viewed with indifference. It can affect us in an unlimited variety of ways. Beauty can be consoling, inspiring, profane; it can be exhilarating, sacred, appealing, disturbing, chilling.

The Painted Word

Oxford university Press USA. Rizzoli International Publications. Used book in Good Condition. The painted word is tom wolfe "at his most clever, amusing, and irreverent" San Francisco Chronicle. America's nerviest journalist" newsweek trains his satirical eye on Modern Art in this "masterpiece" The Washington PostWolfe's style has never been more dazzling, his wit never more keen.

Picador USA. He addresses the scope of modern art, Op, from its founding days as Abstract Expressionism through its transformations to Pop, Minimal, and Conceptual.

101 Surprising Facts About St. Peter's and the Vatican

Whether you’ve already been to rome or are still planning your first trip, 101 Surprising Facts About the Vatican will transport you to Basilica and City at the heart of the Catholic Church and enable you to appreciate them like never before. Peter’s Basilica and Vatican. Peter's and the Vatican. Rizzoli International Publications.

What do you really know about Vatican City? The Vatican, comprising the Apostolic Palace, St. Peter’s is a map of the universe, and even what the pope’s license plate number is. Peter's basilica, and various other buildings, serves as the headquarters of the Catholic Church. But what do you really know about this great basilica and the city that houses it? Here, Vatican City is its own country, Fact # 2 and uncovers the secrets and surprising facts about the city, Father Jeffrey Kirby takes you on a whirlwind tour of this little country yes, and its famous church.

Along the way, you’ll find the deep theological meaning woven into the design and architectural features of St. Oxford university Press USA. Discover what language degree you need to work a Vatican ATM, what archi tectural feature of St. Picador USA. Used book in Good Condition.

How to Read a Church : A Guide to Images, Symbols and Meanings in Churches and Cathedrals

Oxford university Press USA. Guaranteed packaging. Rizzoli International Publications. It will be an essential guide for anyone who has ever visited / is visiting a church or cathedral, and for those who want to know more about these incredible buildings and the art they contain. Mint Condition. Peter's and the Vatican.

New. As community-centred places of worship and as important tourist attractions, they are visited by millions of people every year. Dispatch same day for order received before 12 noon. It will explain how to identify people, scenes, and will explore the symbolism of different animals, details and their significance, colours, plants, numbers and letters - and what this all means.

But churches were originally built to be read, and so they are packed with images, symbols and meanings that often need explanation for visitors. 101 surprising facts About St. Used book in Good Condition. No quibbles returns. Picador USA. Churches and cathedrals play an essential part in our heritage. How to read a church is a lively and fascinating guide to what a visitor to a church is likely to find there and how to interpret the common images and meanings in church art and architecture.

How to Read a Church: A Guide to Symbols and Images in Churches and Cathedrals

Explores the principal features of a church or cathedral and what each represents, the identity of people and scenes, such as the significance of church layout, the importance of such details as the use of colors or letters, and the symbolism of animals and plants. Original. Mint Condition. Picador USA. Used book in Good Condition.

101 surprising facts About St. Peter's and the Vatican. Oxford university Press USA. Guaranteed packaging. Dispatch same day for order received before 12 noon. No quibbles returns. Used book in Good Condition. Rizzoli International Publications. New.