Seeing Venice: Bellotto's Grand Canal

Seeing Venice: Bellotto's Grand Canal

by Mark Doty
     
 

Bernardo Bellotto's magnificent View of the Grand Canal provides a rich visual record of life in eighteenth-century Venice. This painting—one of the most popular in the Getty Museum—is so sweeping in its scope and so detailed that it requires repeated viewings to take in its portrait of daily life in Venice in the 1780s.

This small book presents

Overview

Bernardo Bellotto's magnificent View of the Grand Canal provides a rich visual record of life in eighteenth-century Venice. This painting—one of the most popular in the Getty Museum—is so sweeping in its scope and so detailed that it requires repeated viewings to take in its portrait of daily life in Venice in the 1780s.

This small book presents Bellotto's great painting in a series of beautiful details that allow the reader to examine the painting closely and enjoy the colorful and busy goings-on of Venetian life captured so unforgettably by Bellotto. The book jacket unfolds to become a small poster of the painting in its entirety. Accompanying these delightful images is a lyrical essay by noted American poet Mark Doty. Together, Bellotto's painting and Doty's prose make for an unforgettable encounter with the art and life of Venice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892366583
Publisher:
Getty Publications
Publication date:
11/28/2002
Series:
Getty Trust Publications: J. Paul Getty Museum Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 5.75(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Mark Doty 's most recent book of poems is Source. In 2001 he published the book-length essay Still Life with Oysters and Lemon. He teaches at the University of Houston, and divides his time between Houston and Provincetown, Massachusetts.

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