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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (635 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: R. A. Scotti Narrator: Josephine Bailey Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Astonishes. A sweeping account of the largest assemblage of artistic genius on any project in history.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A fair and fascinating examination of splendorous and scandalous events. Scotti is a dramatic storyteller.”

    National Review

  • “Absorbing. A fascinating tale of genius, power, and money.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Andrew Rush | 2/18/2014

    " A pretty good book about the building of St. Peter's. This book lacks the magic of Brunelleschi's Dome but is a nice follow up read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Adam Braun | 2/13/2014

    " If you've ever been to St. Peter's and thought "I wonder how this thing was built", then read this book. It gives a pretty extensive background into the century-long building process, the key players (including Michelangelo, Bernini, Julius II), and the context surrounding its construction. Lots of detail. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Josh | 2/8/2014

    " A really interesting book. It is crazy to see how intricate things can be with art and religion and architecture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Grace Lattyak | 2/7/2014

    " Great walks of Rome in the back! "

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