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Basilica : the splendor and the scandal : building St. Peter's

Author: R A Scotti
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2006.
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It was the splendor--and the scandal--of the age, the defining event of the high Renaissance. 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  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Scotti, R.A.
Basilica.
New York : Viking, 2006
(OCoLC)607531220
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: R A Scotti
ISBN: 0670037761 9780670037766
OCLC Number: 62878428
Description: xx, 299 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: The Christian Caesar 1503-1513 --
The first stone, April 1506 --
The First St. Peter's --
IlTerribilis --
A Trojan horse --
A surprise winner --
Imperial dimensions --
Vaulting ambition --
Onward Christian soldiers --
A Christian imperium --
A viper's nest --
The death of Julius --
The deplorable Medici Popes 1513-1534 --
The first Medici Prince --
An empty stage --
A Roman candle --
The revenge of the Sangallos --
Salvation for sale --
Sweet revenge --
A brief moment of truth --
Medici Redux --
The Michelangelo imperative 1546-1626 --
A violent awakening --
Julius's folly --
Motu Proprio --
An immovable object --
The swineherd who built Rome --
Raising the dome --
A new century --
The knaves of St. Peter's --
1,300 years later --
Bernini's grand illusions 1623-1667 --
The romance of the baroque --
Full circle --
Epilogue --
Appendix I: The Popes from Nicholas V to Alexander VII --
Appendix II: Statistics.
Responsibility: R.A. Scotti.
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It was the splendor--and the scandal--of the age, the defining event of the high Renaissance. 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 new basilica provoked the Protestant Reformation, dividing the Christian world for all time.--From publisher description.

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