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November 2 , 2001

King Discusses Brunelleschi and His Dome

  Ross 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 Florence, Italy.

He 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.

On 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.

King 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.

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