Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal
Building St. Peter's
ISBN10: 0452288606 ISBN13: 9780452288607 Publisher: Penguin USA (P) Published: May 29 2007 Pages: 315 Weight: 0.65lbs. Height: 8.00" Width: 5.50" Depth: 0.75" Language: English
In this dramatic journey through religious and artistic history, R. A. Scotti traces the defining event of a glorious epoch: the building of St. Peter's Basilica. Begun by the ferociously ambitious Pope Julius II in 1506, the endeavor would span two tumultuous centuries, challenge the greatest Renaissance masters--Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bramante--and enrage Martin Luther. 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. A dazzling portrait of human achievement and excess, Basilica is a triumph of historical writing.