The Feud That Sparked the Renaissance



A Lively And Intriguing Tale Of The Competition Between Two Artists, Culminating In The Construction Of The Duomo In Florence, This Is Also The Story Of A City On The Verge Of Greatness, And The Dawn Of The Renaissance, When Everything Artistic Would Change.Florence S Duomo The Dome Of The Santa Maria Del Fiore Cathedral Is One Of The Most Enduring Symbols Of The Italian Renaissance, An Equal In Influence And Fame To Leonardo And Michaelangelo S Works It Was Designed By Filippo Brunelleschi, The Temperamental Architect Who Rediscovered The Techniques Of Mathematical Perspective He Was The Dome S Inventor , Whose Secret Methods For Building Remain A Mystery As Compelling To Architects As Fermat S Last Theorem Once Was To Mathematicians Yet Brunelleschi Didn T Direct The Construction Of The Dome Alone He Was Forced To Share The Commission With His Arch Rival, The Sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti, Whose Paradise Doors Are Also Masterworks This Is The Story Of These Two Men A Tale Of Artistic Genius And Individual Triumph.The Feud That Sparked the Renaissance

I was born in Oak Park, Illinois just like Ernest Hemingway, only later.I ve been saying this in biographies for a long time, and it sounds pretty good Ernest Hemingway is big stuff, and how many authors are born in Oak Park, Illinois Yet recently I was taken to task during a visit to the Fresno area, where two count them two separate individuals pinned me down with grueling interrogations involv I was born in Oak Park, Illinois just like Ernest Hemingway, only later.I ve been saying this in biographies for a long time, and it sounds pretty good Ernest Hemingway is big stuff, and how many authors are born in Oak Park, Illinois Yet recently I was taken to task during a visit to the Fresno area, where two count them two separate individuals pinned me down with grueling interrogations involving specific details, places, and people in Oak Park, Illinois I admitted to them as I admit to you on the World Wide Web I know absolutely nothing about Oak Park, Illinois.I was born in Oak Park Hospital, but we lived in a neighboring town called River Grove And we moved from there when I was a year and a half I take my literary connections where I find them.We moved a lot in my early years, four times before I turned eleven, for a total of five places, all in the Chicago area My Dad died in place number four, which was a townhouse in south Chicago, across the street from the Chicago Skyway, now Interstate 90 I counted trucks on the Skyway when we first moved in, but I stopped counting trucks when my father died.I was nine, and it was November 1962, a year before the JFK assassination changed America forever I still associate my father s death with the death of JFK, and throw the Cuban missile crisis into the mix It was a pivotal time for me, for my generation, and for our nation an end to innocence and the beginning of an exciting yet challenging era of social turmoil.My mother moved us to Evanston, a tree shaded suburb just north of Chicago, where she got a job as a 3rd grade teacher She later found a new career as an adjustment teacher similar to a school counselor in the Chicago schools I grew up surrounded by teachers, who discussed education until they were blue in the face which didn t turn me blue personally, but did make me believe that education was pretty important.Evanston was a cultured place, home of Northwestern University, and I got my first taste of theater as an 8th grade extra in a Northwestern production of Don Quixote starring Peter Strauss, who later went on to mini series stardom in Rich Man, Poor Man On the closing night, Peter was so sick he couldn t perform, so his understudy stepped into the starring role, with the understudy s understudy stepping in for him and on down the line until I rose from the ranks of faceless extras and took the demanding role of Second Mule Skinner which meant I got to mumble something like, Move on, there I was hooked.I continued acting, started singing, and had my first short story published at Evanston Township High School, which at that time was rated the number one public high school in America by whomever rates these things I studied acting for a year at Boston University School of Fine Arts, and when I decided that I wanted a broader education, I transferred to Occidental College in Los Angeles, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with an A.B in Anglo American literature Just before graduation, I won third place in a short story contest and received a check for the whopping amount of 20 It was the first time I was ever paid for my writing and it felt good.After college, I taught English for six years at a Chassidic Yeshiva in West Hollywood, while playing in a rock band and writing for an alternative weekly newspaper I started writing for the newspaper after I won a story contest with a tall tale about a guy who loses his triplex on the beach during a game of darts with the devil It was called Darts with Mr D, and the paper presented me with a princely check for 100 a 500% increase over my college contest award Not only that, they asked me to keep writing for them, only get this they wanted actual journalism I did what I could and had lots of fun doing it.I got my big break when I answered an ad in the Los Angeles Times that said, Writers Wanted I thought it was some weird scam but decided t

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10 thoughts on “The Feud That Sparked the Renaissance

  1. says:

    This is a fun readable book about Brunelleschi and Ghiberti that doesn t assume the reader has any prior knowledge at all, but assumes that the reader isn t an idiot It explains without talking down, an excellent thing If you are interested in architecture, and perspective, or the lives of artists, or what a golden age is, read this I d recommend this to anyone I read it in Florence, which was perfect, because I could keep going to look at things I utterly disagree with some of Walker s aes This is a fun readable book about Brunelleschi and Ghiberti that doesn t assume the reader has any prior knowledge at all, but assumes that the reader isn t an idiot It explains without talking down, an excellent thing If you are interested in ar...

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    The Fued that sparked the Renaissance is a solidly written, exquisitely researched book about a pivotal point in the history of Florence, Italy which can be seen as the original seed from which the Renaissance grew The primary focus of the book is the point in time in which two young Florentine artists developed Filippo Brunelleschi became the person to rediscovered the ancient European techniques of mathematical perspective in art, the perspectives that first started to bring the art of the The Fued that sparked the Renaissance is a solidly written, exquisitely researched book about a pivotal point in the history of Florence, Italy which can be seen as the original seed from which the Renaissance grew The primary focus of the book is the point in time in which two young Florentine artists developed Filippo Brunelleschi became the person to rediscovered the ancient European techniques of mathematical perspective in art, the perspectives that first started to bring the art of the Renaissance to life in painting and sculpture Despite this amazing legacy there are no existing paintings that I know of from Brunelleschi, his later life was devoted to architecture, the most famous example being designing and constructing the great dome of the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral.The second artist he book focuses on is Lorenzo Ghiberti, who won a competition to design a set of bronze doors for a church, he won against Brunelleschi and spent the n...

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    Something happened in Florence six hundred years ago,something so unique and miraculous that it changed our world forever We call it the Renaissance, a rebirth of ancient art and learning This story begins in the waning days of the 14th century, and tells the story of the competition between Lorenzo Ghiberti and Filippo Brunelleschi to design and produce a new set of bronze doors for the Church of St John the Baptist The Baptistery in Florence Ghiberti won this particular competition, but Something happened in Florence six hundred years ago,something so unique and miraculous that it changed our world forever We call it the Renaissance, a rebirth of ancient art and learning This story begins in the waning days of the 14th century, and tells the story of the competition between Lorenzo Ghiberti and Filippo Brunelleschi to design and produce a new set of bronze doors for the Church of St John the Baptist The Baptistery in Florence Ghiberti won this particular competition, but was largely eclipsed by Brunelleschi who went on to become the architect of the dome of Florence s cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore.Mr Walker describes the competition between the two as personal and hence as a feud I ...

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    Filippo Brunelleschi and Lorenzo Ghiberti were Italian artists in the early 1400s They were rivals, they competed for the same jobs, and sometimes they worked together Their art marks the beginning of the Renaissance The Feud That Sparked the Renaissance was often textbooky and I occasionally found my eyes to be glazing over as I read But I learned so incredibly much I ve never been particularly into art so so...

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    It feels like Walker decided to use everything he found in his research, rather than do some trimming that would have made the narrative a bit less meandering This meandering and the overall style undermine the feud aspect especially since it felt like there were ...

  6. says:

    I wanted to like this book.The very premise that there was a feud well he never wrote about it beyond the fact that one artist lost one commission Hardly a feud.I did like learning the history from the early Renaissance a period I do know know much about.Also the story was very chop...

  7. says:

    It was an interesting historical saga, but the guy s writing leaves a little to be desired Every piece of art was bold or daring , and I just don t see it Also, I m still confused by his construction descriptions of the Duomo and I m a civil engineer

  8. says:

    Compelling story, but the author seems to have fallen in love with every fact he came across making for slog at times.

  9. says:

    After reading this book, I feel as if I was there and I gained a lot of knowledge on the artists work The book was written very well and had a nice flow to it It s definitely a book I would recommend reading.

  10. says:

    For my second summer book, I read The Feud That Sparked the Renaissance How Brunelleschi and Ghiberti Changed the Art World, by Paul Robert Walker This book centers around two great artists of the early Italian Renaissance Period, Filippo Brunelleschi and Lorenzo Ghiberti Although these two young men came from very different origins, they both entered the Florentine art scene around the same time, in competition over who would design the bronze North Doors of the Florence Baptistery Ghiberti For my second summer...

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