Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture
Recently [while I've not been doing any blogging] I've been doing a lot of re-reading. One of the books I recently re-read - ok, not exactly re-read but more like re-skimmed, just because I find it quite entertaining somehow - is Ross King's book on "Brunelleschi's Dome".
Long story short, I now know that Ross King is probably one of my favourite history / art authors. This was the first book I read from him, as per the recommendation of a historian friend, and really had fun with it.
I think what I most enjoyed about the book is that it doesn't feel like your classical history textbook. You're not bombarded by a bunch of what most academics might consider important facts. Instead there's attention to some personal and rather entertaining details in regards to the people and events involved. You get a good picture of why a certain character behaved a certain way or what was going on inside their head.
Now I'm just going to have to figure out which of his books I'm going to read next. Any suggestions?