9780670037766

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

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    9780670037766

  • ISBN10:

    0670037761

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-06-08
  • Publisher: Viking Adult
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Summary

Out of the clash of genius and the caprice of popes came the most glorious monument of the Renaissance It was the splendoróand the scandalóof the age. In 1506, the ferociously ambitious Renaissance Pope Julius II tore down the most sacred shrine in Europeóthe millenniumold St. Peterís Basilica built by the Emperor Constantine over the apostleís graveóto build a better basilica. Construction of the new St. Peterís spanned two centuries, embroiled twenty-seven popes, and consumed the genius of the greatest artists of the ageóMichelangelo, 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.In this swift, colorful narrative, R. A. Scotti brings to life the artists and the popes, the politics and the passions behind this audacious enterprise. Gothic cathedrals reach up to heaven, but the basilica brings heaven to earth, and the new St. Peterís was the defining event of the high Renaissance.In the tradition of Brunelleschiís Dome, Scotti turns sacred architecture into a spellbinding human epic of enormous daring, petty jealousy, and staggering genius.

Author Biography

R. A. Scotti is the author of two previous works of nonfiction, including Sudden Sea: The Great Hurricane of 1938, and four novels.

Table of Contents

Building the Basilica: Time Line x
Visual Glossaries xii
Author's Note xv
PART I. THE CHRISTIAN CAESAR 1503-1513
1. The First Stone, April 1506
3(10)
2. The First St. Peter's
13(10)
3. Il Terribilis
23(8)
4. A Trojan Horse
31(10)
5. A Surprise Winner
41(8)
6. Imperial Dimensions
49(8)
7. Vaulting Ambition
57(10)
8. Onward Christian Soldiers
67(8)
9. A Christian Imperium
75(14)
10. A Viper's Nest
89(12)
11. The Death of Julius
101(12)
PART II. THE DEPLORABLE MEDICI POPES 1513-1534
12. The First Medici Prince
113(10)
13. An Empty Stage
123(6)
14. A Roman Candle
129(8)
15. The Revenge of the Sangallos
137(8)
16. Salvation for Sale
145(4)
17. Sweet Revenge
149(6)
18. A Brief Moment of Truth
155(4)
19. Medici Redux
159(12)
PART III. THE MICHELANGELO IMPERATIVE 1546-1626
20. A Violent Awakening
171(12)
21. Julius's Folly
183(8)
22. Mow Proprio
191(12)
23. An Immovable Object
203(6)
24. The Swineherd Who Built Rome
209(6)
25. Raising the Dome
215(12)
26. A New Century
227(4)
27. The Knaves of St. Peter's
231(8)
28. 1,300 Years Later
239(6)
PART IV. BERNINI'S GRAND ILLUSIONS 1623-1667
29. The Romance of the Baroque
245(14)
30. Full Circle
259(8)
Epilogue 267(4)
Appendix I: The Popes from Nicholas V to Alexander VII 271(2)
Appendix II: Statistics 273(2)
Notes 275(6)
Selected Bibliography 281(4)
Acknowledgments 285(2)
Index 287

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