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St. Peter's in the Vatican has a long and turbulent history. First constructed in the fourth century to honor the tomb of St. Peter, the Early Christian edifice was gradually torn down and replaced by the current structure. The history of the design and construction of this new building spans several centuries and involved several of the most brilliant architects, including Bramante, Michelangelo and Bernini, of the early modern period. This volume presents an overview of St. Peter's history from the late antique period to the twentieth century.Read more
- Comprehensive history of world renowned monument
- Heavily illustrated
- Major scholars of the field involved
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It is rare to find a book that deals with both Old St. Peter's and New St. Peter's. Tronzo's welcome collection of eight scholarly articles, some newly written for this book and some revised and republished, ranges from the possibility of Constantine's patronage in the fourth century, to the building of New St. Peter's, to the use of the monument as model and symbol in the 20th century.
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"If portions of this material will be familiar to some readers, the trade-off is a volume of real scholarly authority, with a depth not found in generalist studies of St. Peter's and a range absent from specialized histories of the basilica. Chapters are writen in lively, engaging prose, and most include ample endnotes containing a wealth of primary and secondary bibliographical sources and suggesting fruitful avenues for future research. The book will be a valuable resource to scholars of architectural, art, and papal history at every point along this spectrum." - Suzy Ford, Rutgers University
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- Date Published: September 2008
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521732109
- length: 336 pages
- dimensions: 280 x 216 x 18 mm
- weight: 1.07kg
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. Introduction William Tronzo
2. Peter and Constantine Glen W. Bowersock
3. The use and meaning of Spolia at St. Peter's Dale Kinney
4. Est haec sacra principis aedes: the Vatican basilica from Innocent III to Gregory IX (1198–1241) Antonio Iacobini
5. Renaissance St. Peter's Christof Thoenes
6. Michelangelo to Marchionni, 1546–1784 Henry A. Millon
7. Bernini at St. Peter's: Singularis in singularis, in omnibus unicus
St. Peter's in the modern era: the paradoxical colossus Richard Etlin
9. Appendix: Theatres for the canonisation of saints: the architectural structures for celebrating the ceremony Alessandra Anselmi.
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