The Feud That Sparked the Renaissance: How Brunelleschi and Ghiberti Changed the Art World

The Feud That Sparked the Renaissance: How Brunelleschi and Ghiberti Changed the Art World

by Paul Robert Walker
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The Feud That Sparked the Renaissance: How Brunelleschi and Ghiberti Changed the Art World by Paul Robert Walker

The lively and intriguing tale of the competition between two artists, culminating in the construction of the Duomo in Florence, this is also the story of a city on the verge of greatness, and the dawn of the Renaissance, when everything artistic would change.

Florence's Duomo : the dome of the Santa Maria del Diore cathedral is one of the most enduring symbols of the Italian Renaissance: an equal in influence and fame to Leonardo and Michaelangelo's works. It was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, the temperamental architect who rediscovered the techniques of mathematical perspective. He was the dome's ′inventor′, whose secret methods for building remain a mystery as compelling to architects as Fermat's Last Theorem once was to mathematicians. Yet Brunelleschi didn't direct the construction of the dome alone. He was forced to share the commission with his arch-rival, the sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti, whose 'Paradise Doors' also masterworks. This is the story of these two men, a tale of artistic genius and individual triumph.

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ISBN-13: 9780380977871
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/01/2002
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.97(d)

About the Author

Paul Robert Walker has written twenty books on subjects ranging from the Italian Renaissance and the American West to folklore, baseball, and miracles. A former teacher and journalist, he lives in Escondido, California, with his wife and two children.

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All in all, the book was very well written and added a human touch to the superhuman geniuses presented to readers in most books. The only drawback is that the author refers to each artist by first and last name interchangeably. It takes some getting used to, but once that is overcome it is a very good book.