The design history of St. Peter's basilica: the brilliant artists, from Bramante to Bernini, and the many projects behind the construction of a symbol of Christianity that has long fascinated renowned scholars.
[The non-existent St. Peter’s. From Bramante to Sangallo il Giovane] Bramante and Antonio da San Gallo il Giovane, Peruzzi and Brunelleschi, Michelangelo, Raphael, Bernini: the history of the construction of the basilica desired by Julius II as the heart and symbol of Christianity is populated by some of the greatest artists active on the Roman scene in the 1500s and 1600s. The monumental complex we can admire today was the result of lengthy debate, involving a large number of projects that were never built. The “non-existent” basilica has fascinated many renowned scholars. Their findings are presented for the first time in this volume, where the design history of the great basilica unwinds like a story in critical essays and drawings by the masters of the past.