It was the splendor—and the
scandal—of the age. 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 twenty-seven popes, and consumed the genius of the greatest artists
of the age—Michaelangelo, Bramante, Raphael, and Bernini. The cost of building
the new cathedral was costly in more than just monetary terms—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. Scotti turns sacred
architecture into a spellbinding human epic of enormous daring, petty jealousy,
and staggering genius. Download and start listening now!