King will discuss his award-winning book, Brunelleschi’s Dome,
Wednesday at Gamble Auditorium.
By all accounts, Filippo Brunelleschi, goldsmith
and clockmaker, was an unkempt, cantankerous, and suspicious man—even
by the generous standards by which artists were judged in fifteenth-century
also designed and erected a dome over the cathedral of Santa Maria
del Fiore—a feat of architectural daring that we continue to marvel
at today—thus securing for himself a place among the most formidable
geniuses of the Renaissance. At first denounced as a madman, Brunelleschi
literally reinvented the field of architecture amid plagues, wars,
and political feuds to raise seventy million pounds of metal,
wood, and marble hundreds of feet in the air.
Wednesday, November 7, in Gamble Auditorium, Ross King will discuss
his award-winning book, Brunelleschi’s Dome: How a Renaissance
Genius Reinvented Architecture, a narrative that brings to life
the personalities and intrigue surrounding the construction of
the dome and provides a window into Florentine life in Brunelleschi’s
time. This 7 pm event will include a slide presentation and book
signing. King’s appearance is sponsored by the Odyssey Bookshop,
the Weissman Center for Leadership, and the Renaissance Center
at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
is the author of two novels, Ex Libris and Domino. Brunelleschi’s
Dome, which won the 2001 Book Sense Book of the Year Award for
Nonfiction, is his first book published in the United States.
He lives near Oxford, England.