text with engravings of architecture--building facades, obelisks, monuments, aerial views; several fold-out pages; white cover with pale leather spine

Della Trasportatione dell' Obelisco Vaticano, 1590

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In ancient times, a massive Egyptian obelisk was brought to Rome and set up in what would eventually become known as the Circle of Nero. In 1585, Pope Sixtus V wanted to move the 340-ton stone needle so that it would stand before the newly rebuilt Saint Peter’s Basilica. Unfortunately, the ancient knowledge of how to move such a massive object had been forgotten. A competition brought forth hundreds of ideas on how to do it, many of which would have been disastrous if attempted. The winner was Domenico Fontana, who went on to complete the task with great success. In this book he describes and illustrates in detail the amazing process, which involved the synchronized labor of hundreds of men and horses.

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Title
Della Trasportatione dell' Obelisco Vaticano
Artist Life
(born in Switzerland), 1543 - 1607
Role
Author
Accession Number
2017.14
Catalogue Raisonne
Mortimer 193; Fowler, p. 107
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text with engravings of architecture--building facades, obelisks, monuments, aerial views; several fold-out pages; white cover with pale leather spine