This long-awaited monograph by the former field director of the investigations at Florence Cathedral arrives nearly forty years after both the major excavations beneath the cathedral and Franklin Toker's extensive and brilliant excavation report published in 1975.1 It is part of the Florence Dome Project, which envisages the appearance of four volumes related to the diachronic history and the longue durée of this important monument. Known as Santa Maria del Fiore, the cathedral is the result of a series of building campaigns carried out from the end of the thirteenth century to the late fifteenth century under the guidance of celebrated architects and artists such as Arnolfo...

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