An absolutely marvelous account of the construction of the Dome of Florence Cathedral, led by the chief architect Brunelleschi. In merely more than 150 pages, Ross King with his clear explanation and thorough study, offers the audience the chance to follow the beauty of architecture as an art. The book is a serious research and yet a pleasant read, neither too technical nor too of the "sensational journalism" type. I at first mistook Ross King for a historian at least.
The audience is left at an awe to observe the technical difficulties and the determination to conquer those obstacles. At its own time, the dome must have served as a proof of man's power and in fact it still does. To this day, the Santa Maria del Fiore's dome is still the largest brick and mortar dome in the world, surpassing the well-known St Peter in Rome.