Seeing Venice: An Eye in Love

Seeing Venice: An Eye in Love

by Frederick Franck, Federick Franck
     
 

“Venice is so much more than canals, bridges, gondolas. It is an unbroken sequence of ever-changing moods; festive; frivolous, elegiac and melancholy, forever foreign yet totally intimate.” –from Seeing Venice

Take a luminous journey deep into the heart of hidden Venice, with Frederick Franck as your guide. His quietly evocative drawings and

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“Venice is so much more than canals, bridges, gondolas. It is an unbroken sequence of ever-changing moods; festive; frivolous, elegiac and melancholy, forever foreign yet totally intimate.” –from Seeing Venice

Take a luminous journey deep into the heart of hidden Venice, with Frederick Franck as your guide. His quietly evocative drawings and descriptions bring to vivid life the city of islands, La Serenissima, the Queen of the Sea, “that most human of cities,” Venice. Franck explores cafes, alleyways, and the myriad moods and characters of the Venetians, providing an enlivening glimpse into a city he sees as a microcosm of creation, “an immense and living indoor and outdoor studio.”

“Frederick Franck is one of a rare and precious breed—an authentic troubadour whose lyricism is pure in word and image. He quietly roams our materialistic world and shows us that even here, even now, there is hope for our soul.” –Jacob Needleman, author of Money and the Meaning of Life

“Frederick Franck is the rarest of human beings, a true eclectic—in touch with the perennial…and with all his drawings, his beautiful, compassionate drawings!” –Robert Aitken Roshi, author of Taking the Path of Zen

Frederick Franck’s sculpture and artwork are in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Tokyo National Museum, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and other public and private collections. He is the author of over thirty books, including the perennial classic The Zen of Seeing and the award-winning Pacem in Terris: A Love Story, as well as What It Means to be Human, recently published by St. Martin’s Press. It has appeared in Chinese and Spanish translations. At 93 years of age, he continues to be actively engaged in art, writing, and the search for meaning in this world/

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Publishers Weekly
With line drawings and whimsical text, artist and author Franck (The Zen of Seeing) records the spirit of Venice beyond the canals, bridges and gondolas that preoccupy the camcorder crowd. For him, the city is an "immense and living indoor and outdoor studio"; wandering the streets or sitting in bars and public squares, he takes note of things others might miss the complexities of the Venetians' facial expressions, the "timeless choreography of lovers," the subtle colors of rain-washed houses. His Venice is a giant stage set on which small dramas abound nuns with black briefcases stand arguing in the rain; pedestrians perform "umbrella ballets" as they squeeze past each other on rainy streets; the footprints of an animal as large as a lion mark the snow in the campo on Christmas morning; the parents of a spastic child in a harlequin costume lift her out of her wheelchair during Carnevale; a pigeon dies silently next to the wall of the Basilica. The deft and witty illustrations show streetscapes, cafe patrons, a string quartet, portly old men reading their newspapers at lunch and other sights both familiar and fresh. Franck's "inner travelogue" sometimes takes him abruptly back to his childhood in Holland, which can be confusing, but for the most part his tour is a charmer. (July) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781930337046
Publisher:
Codhill Press
Publication date:
05/01/2002
Series:
Codhill Press Series
Pages:
127
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 8.38(h) x (d)

What People are saying about this

Robert Aitken Roshi
Frederick Franck is that rarest of human beings, a true eclectic-in touch with the perennial...and with all his drawings, his beautiful, compassionate drawings! (Robert Aitken Roshi, author of Taking the Path of Zen)
Jacob Needleman
Frederick Frank is one of a rare and precious breed—an authentic troubadour whose lyricism is pure in word and image. He quietly roams our materialistic world and shows us that even here, even now, there is hope for our soul. (Jacob Needleman, author of Money and the Meaning of Life)

Meet the Author

Frederick Franck (1910-2006) was the author of over thirty books, including The Zen of Seeing (Random House), and the award-winning Pacem in Terris: A Love Story (Codhill), as well as an editor of What Does it Mean to be Human (St. Martin's Press), recently translated into Spanish and Chinese. He was honored with the World Citizenship Award by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, and his sculpture and artwork are in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Tokyo National Museum, and other public and private collections.

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