Synopses & Reviews
Tracey E. Fern writes for various magazines and is the author of children's historical books including, BUFFALO MUSIC (Clarion), DARE THE WIND (FSG), and W IS FOR WEBSTER (Melanie Kroupa Books). She lives in West Newton, Massachusetts.
With humor and panache, this book tells the story of Renaissance architect Filippo Brunelleschi and the construction of his masterpiece, the famed dome of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence. A fictionalized version of a true story rife with professional challenges, personality conflicts, and private struggles, Pippo the Fool emphasizes the importance of artistic vision and personal resilience.
Was Pippo the Fool really Pippo the Genius?
The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence was a marvel of art, architecture, and engineering. But it lacked a finishing ornament, a crown--a dome The city fathers had a solution: to invite the finest masters to compete for the chance to design a dome. The rumors of this contest reached the ears of Filippo Brunelleschi, better known in Florence as Pippo the Fool. As soon as he heard about the contest, Pippo knew it was the chance he had been waiting for. "If I can win the contest, I will finally lose that nickname once and for all "
This book tells the story of the construction of an architectural masterpiece--Brunelleschi's Dome. Tracey E. Fern depicts Pippo's prickly personality with humor and warmth, and Pau Estrada's richly detailed illustrations bring Renaissance Florence to life. An excellent way to introduce kids to an important moment in Western engineering and history.
With humor and panache, this book presents a fictionalized version of the true story of Renaissance architect Filippo Brunelleschi and the construction of his masterpiece, the famed dome of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence. Full color.