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

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 LutherIn 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.
Basilica The Splendor and the Scandal Building St Peter s 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 Ju

  • Title: Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal: Building St. Peter's
  • Author: R.A. Scotti
  • ISBN: 9780452288607
  • Page: 340
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. From the back cover: In 1506, the ferociously ambitious Pope Julius II shocked Christendom by razing the original St. Peter's, which had stood for over a millennium, to make way for a magnificent new church. Scandalous from its inception, the construction of the new St. Peter's would take two tumultuous centuries to complete, challenge the greatest visionaries of the Renaissance ~~ Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bramante ~~ and provokethe Reformation. In this fascinating book, R. A. Scotti traces th [...]

    2. A highly interesting and entertaining history of the building of St. Peter's basilica in Rome. Great for anyone interested in Renaissance history.

    3. This book was left at our rental apartment in Rome. So I read it before heading over to tour the Vatican. Scotti hits the highlights of the construction and covers the same information as the tour guides. So I was able to ruin most of the tour guide's jokes to the annoyance of everybody else in the group. The writing is not very good. Too much attempt at dramatic flair and cliff hangers that cut against a flowing narrative. I give the book 2 stars and St. Peter's Basilica a solid 5 stars.

    4. Very similar to ‘Brunelleschi’s Dome’ this is an account of building St. Peter’s. Broader is scope (the whole building not just the dome—and it is much bigger—thus more complicated, right?) but not as interesting, for some reason, this covers the centuries it took to assemble the building we have today. (I used the word ‘assemble’ like it came in a kit!) A building so magnificent and mysterious deserves the same in its telling. All the back stories are there—in-fighting amongst [...]

    5. I really should know better then to read a historical nonfiction book with the word "scandal" in the title.

    6. R.A. Scotti's "Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal: Building St. Peter's" is more than just a biography of one of the world's great architectural wonder's. “Basilica” is a wonderfully readable historical narrative of the mid and late Renaissance in a plot-thick story of warrior-popes, international intrigue, angst-riddled artistes all intersecting, orbiting and colliding at this historical inflection point.The building itself was constructed under the leadership of thirty different popes. [...]

    7. Okay So did I ACTUALLY finish this for AP Euro? That's open for debate But seriously, it's not going to be on any test or final so I figured I'd rather spend my time on more sophisticated reading like Charlie Brown.

    8. A fantastic history of not only Rome and the Basilica, but also of the incredible artwork, architecture, and engineering during the construction that changed the world. Highly recommend.

    9. I enjoyed this book very much because I love architecture and Rome and St. Peter's and Michelangelo and Bernini. But the whole time I was reading this book, I was thinking, have I read this before? I've kept a list of all the books I've read since I was 10, and this wasn't on the list, so either I read it and didn't record it (which seems unlikely), or I've learned all this information from other books, art history classes, documentaries & trips to the Vatican. Either way, though not feeling [...]

    10. Scotti's book is no scholarly review of Renaissance history but a page-turner: you'd know this from the review by Entertainment Weekly on the back cover. But it takes someone with her eye and ear to sift the historical record for the personalities and events that characterize Renaissance Rome, and do so in a way that not only teaches but delights. It was an age left an abiding testament to its religious and artistic fervor, written in the very buildings and streets that stand to the present day [...]

    11. This is an outstanding book that chronicles the building of the Vatican Basilica. The cast of real life major hitters in this book are simply amazing. And, the personalities that merge from this author's work are worth the read!With the lack of technology and the lack of tools available today, it is amazing at the high degree of workmanship and beauty that was created. Obviously missing, are the numbers of workers who died creating such a structure as St. Peter's!However, the book makes up for s [...]

    12. I didn't want to, but I finally finished this book. It tells the story of the building of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and gives illustrative accounts of the Popes, artists and the politics that contributed to the massive structure. I'd recommend this book for anyone who likes religious history or art history. The author speaks frankly about the role of building such an edifice to solidify the authority and grandeur of the One true church.As he lay dying, Pope Nicholas V (who commissioned the bu [...]

    13. Scott has digested 150+ years into 250+ pages. Considering the outsized ambition of the Basilica project and the stature of the participants, her summarization is a major feat. If you are knowledgeable about this project and/or this time in history, this book is not for you. This book is for general readers (like me) who have little background in this project and its place in time.With the construction of St. Peter's Basilica as a focus we get a feel for papal history, this time in the City of R [...]

    14. An excellent book! It tells the story of the saints and scoundrels whose vision and talent built the magnificent Basilica of St, Peter. The author weaves the history of the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Counter-Reformation through the building of the Basilica just as she weaves the personalities of the saints and scoundrels through it. The book is clear and readable without being simplistic. Well done!

    15. This short book does a surprisingly good job of covering the various facets of St. Peter's construction. Scotti discusses the various personalities involved, the effects on the overall Church, as well as the Vatican's financing, politics, arts, and architecture. The author's writing is uninspired, but the story is so interesting and fast paced one hardly notices.

    16. A brilliant read on the history surrounding the building of St Peter's basilica. Infuses a great symmetry between the history of the popes, the architects and architecture. The feuds, politics and superstition kept me compelled to the pages. This was a friends recommendation; he himself is an architectural enthusiast and was worried I would find it boring. Not. At. All.

    17. Bonnie says that this "is a wonderfully easy to read art history book! Learn how much of a brat Michelangelo was, how looney the popes were, and how this all helped create the most amazing Renaissance art!"

    18. Basilica.I picked this up due to a peaked interest in architecture. I'm far from a religious person myself, but I do think that churches and cathedrals are one amazing thing that has come from the controversial background of Christianity. They are a monolithic beauty that acts as a mask for the dark history. As St. Paul's is in the center of Rome, I felt it appropriate to learn about this particular structure and the 'scandal' involved.The writer seemed more to enjoy the 'scandal' - I myself wou [...]

    19. I very much enjoyed Scotti's history of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. She combined threads of history, art, architecture and religion into a concise narrative. Technical descriptions of the architecture and engineering where understandable to a lay reader. The chapter that described the movement of the Obelisk to the center of the piazza by Domenico Fontana in 1856 was fascinating. I never knew it acted as a sundial - :) It was clear that the personalities who took part in this 200 year adventur [...]

    20. The book is a good combination of church history and architecture. The story of the building of St. Peter's is indubitably dramatic with its cast of papal heroes and villains together with some of the greatest architects of all time, most of whom led lives high drama.

    21. As a Roman Catholic who has had the privilege of visiting several times, this book added a lot to those experiences.

    22. Very informative info about the building of this massive structure involving the popes and artists. The author wrote a comprehensive story but did not appreciate her style.

    23. The late R. A. Scott’s well researched book The Basilica tells of the building of St. Peter’s Basilica. The site was once called the Circus of Nero or Caligula. The obelisk at the center of St Peter’s Piazza was originally brought to Rome from Pagan Egypt by Caligula. It was eventually given the status of witness to the many Christians including the Apostle Peter were martyred by the Romans at the Circus. All were buried in a nearby cemetery, usually in unmarked graves. Peter's grave was a [...]

    24. Review title: The catholic churchSome who have either not read or have misunderstood my profile as "The catholic reader" have taken me for a Catholic, perhaps because they don't know the meaning of the lower case word is "universal". The Church uses the term to identify itself as the one universal church, I use it to describe myself as a reader with universal interests, and here R. A. Scotti uses it to describe the building of the great church of St Peter's in the Vatican: "When it was complete [...]

    25. Consistently interesting history of the building of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, a process which took not years, not decades, but almost two CENTURIES to complete -- in part because of the inherent challenges of designing and building the largest church in the world at the time, but mostly because of the politics of the constantly-changing times. The Popes -- especially Julius II and Sixtus V -- and some of the greatest artists and builders in history -- Michelangelo, Raphael, Bernini and more [...]

    26. Basilica fuses art history and commentary on the contentious politics of the Renaissance and Reformation to tell the story of two centuries of construction on St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. The book is thoroughly researched and thoughtful. Although it includes many personalities - two dozen popes reigned during the construction - descriptions of key characters, including Julius, Michaelangelo, and Rafael, are developed and memorable. I would certainly recommend this book to friends travelling to [...]

    27. Genre:Non-fictionSummary Blurb(s):Out of the clash of genius and the caprice of popes came the most glorious monument of the RenaissanceIt 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 millenniumold 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 pope [...]

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