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The Grand Canal
     

The Grand Canal

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by Unberto Franzoi, Mark E. Smith (Photographer)
 

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The Grand Canal reproduces the journey along the world's most picturesque waterway through beautiful photographs of illustrious palaces, and public and religious buildings, all taken from the perspective of a boat. Each photograph displays a length of 278 feet of building fa ades allowing the reader study every block of the historic events and architectural history of

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The Grand Canal reproduces the journey along the world's most picturesque waterway through beautiful photographs of illustrious palaces, and public and religious buildings, all taken from the perspective of a boat. Each photograph displays a length of 278 feet of building fa ades allowing the reader study every block of the historic events and architectural history of each edifice. The introduction explains the story of the Grand Canal and of its importance as the place from which the city developed and its splendor grew. The narrative is accompanied by images of a Venice long gone, available only through these photographs from old souvenir albums, which were once sold to tourists at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

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Translated and adapted by Daniel Wheeler et al. from the Italian original (1993, Arsenale Editrice). Offers a complete photographic and textual survey of the famous watercourse, unfolding as if the reader were a passenger in a gondola moving over the water while listening to the aesthetic and social history of each building (316 in all), with occasional forays into some beautiful and important interiors. Illustrated with 220 photos (in color, except for the 14 historical photos) presented as double-page spreads. The photographer is Mark Smith. Distributed by Rizzoli. 11x13" Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9788877433152
Publisher:
Arsenale Editrice SRL
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
8.92(w) x 10.52(h) x 0.98(d)

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The Grand Canal 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Venice, the floating or the sinking city depending on perception, more than any other city in the world is a bastion of mystery, intrique, and incomparable richness in history, architecture, and art. Beloved and written about by some of our greatest minds (Shakespeare, Henry James, Thomas Mann, Harold Brodkey, John Berendt to name but a few) Venice is a city that captures the spirit and heart with the first approach - and that approach includes the vistas from the Grand Canal that serves as the main thoroughfare of the city. Umberto Franzoi's introductory comments for this journey are warmly informative and seductive, blending history with architecture with the special façades that line the banks and invite the visits to the interiors not open to the public eye. In photographs by Mark Smith of brilliant color each element on both banks of the Canal is addressed, noting the history of the reasons for the special architectural details, the families that either built or now live in each palace and grand home, the gondola dockings, the watermarks that time has etched on the faces. But then we are graciously taken inside these magnificent buildings with sumptuous photographs of interiors, passageways, court gardens, the art and frescoes - all the details that before this fine book have only been the stuff of dreams (or the occasional movie sets as in 'Wings of the Dove'). These are treasure troves of art and antiques and mystery and beauty. For everyone who either longs to return or plans for a visit to Serenissima, this book is a must. Highly recommended. Grady Harp