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The Arca di San Domenico

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Barbara Dodsworth

The Arca di San Domenico is the richly sculpted tomb of the founder of the Dominican Order. For centuries, scholars and the public alike have been fascinated with the beautiful monument; but until now no attempts have been made to analyze the entire work in depth. This book provides us with an account of the tomb's construction, its place in the history of style, and the philosophical and theological concepts that shaped its final appearance. Several new interpretations of the monument's meaning are presented, and solutions to certain of the tomb's mysteries are offered. The monument is ultimately proven to be the exquisite expression of a Renaissance vision of harmony.