Filled with 430 sharp, extremely beautiful photographs that define the peculiar artistic and decorative style that is Venice, this volume examines the various facets of Venetian life. The authors examine Venetian neighborhoods, Venetian holidays, and the homes where Venetians of every class live--from palazzos to country houses. The reader is thus introduced to a very private and normally unseen side of the city. With a superb eye for detail and meaning, the author visits the shops of the artisans--from glass blowers to printers and bookbinders--that give Venetian craft its distinctive quality and fame. The similarity between Venetian decor and that of Vienna, which ruled the former for part of the 19th century, is striking. An index of hotels, museums, restaurants, and ateliers caps a volume that should give joy to travelers and admirers of the Serenissima.-- Martin Chasin, Adult Inst., Bridgeport, Ct.