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Brunelleschi's Cupola: Past and Present of an Architectural Masterpiece [Paperback]

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Item description for Brunelleschi's Cupola: Past and Present of an Architectural Masterpiece by Giovanni Fanelli, Michele Fanelli, Kore Loy McWhirter, Pete Seeger, James P. Manning, Marta Rondon & David Mungello...

This two-part volume offers an innovative analysis and interpretation of Brunelleschi's masterpiece. Part One, which is richly illustrated with iconographic material, traces the design and construction phases of this magnificent building and explores its impact on figurative and literary culture down the ages. With the aid of original charts and diagrams, Part Two provides a thorough analysis of the structure, construction and static equilibrium of the Cupola, including a description and assessment of the current state of the cracks. This provides a solid basis for predicting the likely future behaviour of the monument and for suggesting possible conservation measures.

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Studio: Mandragora
Pages   287
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 31, 2005
Publisher   Mandragora
ISBN  8885957919  
ISBN13  9788885957916  

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1Books > Subjects > History > Europe > Italy > General
2Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Architecture > Architects, A-Z > Brunelleschi, Filippo
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Interesting two fold approach to examining a masterpiece  Jun 30, 2008
The book is divided into two parts and in the middle are several very good photographs and drawings of the cupola both interior and exterior including the area between the two domes.

The first part covers the history of the building, where the materials were gathered, how Brunelleschi came up with the design, how he oversaw the construction and workers to complete the project. A detailed chronology of the various repairs and modifications that have taken place since it's completion in 1436 is also examined. Part one concludes with a discussion of the Cupolas greater role in Florence and its impact and perception among artist, architects, writers, and others.

Part two is entirely devoted to examining the structure from an engineering perspective. This part may be very challenging for non-engineer types to really understand, as the analysis becomes quite technical and assumes the reader understands things such as bending moments, tensile stress, laws of elasticity, and more. That being said it does a great job in covering in detail the structural deformation of the cupola, the current tensile loads creating cracks above the four piers, a finite element analysis of the structure in its both cracked and un-cracked states, and methods for reinforcing the cupola so that structural integrity in maintained.

The information in part two alone justifies the purchase of this book, especially for engineering students and practicing engineers who also share an interest in history.
Note: This is not a hardcover book  Dec 2, 2005
I bought one of these books in paperback form at the museum store in Florence, Italy and ordered more from this site when I saw the description specified "hardcover." The books I received were the same as I had bought in Florence...paperback. Yes, the cover is a heavier-than-usual card stock, but it is NOT hardcover as we have come to think of a hardcover binding.

That said, if you have ever seen Brunelleschi's cupola in person, been awestruck by its detail and managed to survive the climb of hundreds of steps to the top for the spectacular views, you will find this book fascinating and instructive. It also makes a terrific gift for the architect or builder in your life.

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