It was one of the most horrific tragedies in Renaissance art.
Langdon dubbed it Sterile Renaissance.
The room was a lushly adorned Renaissance library complete with inlaid bookshelves, oriental carpets, and colorful tapestries …. and yet the room bristled with high-tech gear-banks of computers, faxes, electronic maps of the Vatican complex, and televisions tuned to CNN.
He was amazed how few people knew Santi, the last name of one of the most famous Renaissance artists ever to live.
"Santi," Langdon said, "is the last name of the great Renaissance master, Raphael."
Langdon pointed to a Renaissance art poster on the wall.
Renaissance architects lived for only two reasons-to glorify God with big churches, and to glorify dignitaries with lavish tombs.
Half of the sculpting done in Renaissance and Baroque Rome was for the funeraries.
The hole was then covered with the Renaissance equivalent of a manhole cover.
Most Renaissance cathedrals were designed as makeshift fortresses in the event a city was stormed.
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Contrary to common perception, Renaissance cathedrals invariably contained multiple chapels, huge cathedrals like Notre Dame having dozens.
Perched precariously on the upper stacks he found the fattest ledgers of all-those belonging to the masters of the Renaissance-Michelangelo, Raphael, da Vinci, Botticelli.
Not only had Milton made a well-documented 1638 pilgrimage to Rome to "commune with enlightened men," but he had held meetings with Galileo during the scientist’s house arrest, meetings portrayed in many Renaissance paintings, including Annibale Gatti’s famous Galileo and Milton, which hung even now in the IMSS Museum in Florence.
There are no more uses of "renaissance" in the book.