The Millennial Gap in Dome Construction in Rome

  title={The Millennial Gap in Dome Construction in Rome},
  author={Nicola Maria Camerlenghi},
  pages={103 - 135}
Though Rome has a long history of domed constructions, not one dome was built in that city during a one-thousand-year period—roughly between the mid-fifth and the mid-fifteenth century. How can we explain such a gap and what is implied by this absence? This paper begins by asking why dome construction in Rome stopped after the mid-fifth century. Typological, political, ideological, and possibly technical reasons lie at the root of this rupture, which itself urges a reevaluation of the… 



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