From the Publisher
Praise for The History of Venice in Painting
— WINNER of the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award, 2007
"An undeniably handsome volume…The History of Venice in Painting does what a single plane ticket cant do: It allows you to look at paintings world-wide…It tells the story of the city through its art…" — The Wall Street Journal
“To multivolume artistic explorations of Florence and Paris Abbeville Press adds a single oversize tome that presents Venice as the inspirer of seven centuries of images, from illuminated manuscripts to the canvases of Oskar Kokoschka. Masterpieces by Titian, Giovanni Bellini, Antonio Canaletto and many, many others either were created in the city or depict aspects of it as the subject. So along with early religious themes are depictions of Venetian buildings, events and customs, showing the city in almost every significant style from the Middle Ages to the early modern period. The result shows the highest production values, featuring even several spectacular four-page foldouts.” — Chicago Tribune
"Here's a book that packs a visual wallop…This book is magnificent…The color plates, many unfolding across two pages (four can be unfurled in splendid foldouts), trace the arc of Venetian history…And it comes encased in a silken slipcase, de rigueur for art book aficionados." — The Washington Post
The Queen of the Adriatic reveals her long, varied history in a glorious, oversized book brimming with artworks -- from medieval mosaics to Renaissance masterpieces to the paintings of 20th-century modernists. Hundreds of full-color plates, double-page spreads, and four panoramic gatefolds illustrate the scholarly text. Slipcased.
School Library Journal
This enormous slip-cased book contains iconic images created by great painters through the ages to extol the beauty, history, pageantry, culture, and society of the serene republic of Venice. Seven essays in seven main sections by leading European scholars focus on various aspects of Venetian history and progress chronologically from the founding of Venice in about 1082 through World War I in the 20th century. Each essay is followed by an elaborate and extensive assortment of germane color illustrations, including four full-color gatefolds, depicting the works of such artists as the Bellinis, Titian, Tintoretto, the Tiepolos, and Canaletto (representing the 15th and 16th centuries); Renoir, Sargent, Mant, Whistler, and Monet (the 19th); and de Chirico (the 20th). There are several appendixes, e.g., those for the doges of Venice, the principal cycles of narrative painting in 14th- and 15th-century Venice, and artist biographies. This is perhaps the ultimate cocktail table book with many gorgeous historical images particular to Venice. While not a necessary purchase for libraries, it will enchant art students, tourists, and armchair travelers with its contents. Buy where budgets and space permit.
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