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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