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

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By R.A. Scotti (au)
Year: 2006
Pages: 299
Binding Hardcover
ISBN 670037761

Product Code: 143795281X

In 1506, the ambitious Renaissance pope Julius II laid the foundation of a new St. Peter’s Basilica that would be the defining event of the epoch. To build his grand church, the pope razed the most sacred shrine in Europe -- the original St. Peter’s, erected by the emperor Constantine more than a millennium before. Here, Scotti takes us through the construction of the new basilica, an endeavor that spanned two centuries and was marred by intrigues, assassination attempts, decadence, and a sack of Rome. The popes who built St. Peter’s coaxed and commanded the greatest work from the giants of the Renaissance and Baroque: Michelangelo, Bramante, and his protégé Raphael; the architect Giacomo della Porta; and the prodigy Bernini. Illus.

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