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This book brings to life the story of the construction of some of the most outstanding early Renaissance buildings in Venice. Through a series of individual case studies, Richard J. Goy explores how and why great buildings came to be built. He addresses the practical issues of constructing such buildings as the Torre dell'Orologio in Piazza San Marco, the Arsenale Gate, and the churches of Santa Maria della Carita and San Zaccaria, focusing particular attention on the process of patronage. The book is the first to trace the complete process of creating important buildings, from the earliest conception in the minds of the patrons--the Venetian state or other institutional patrons--through the choice of architect, the employment of craftsmen, and the selection of materials. In an interesting analysis of the participants' roles, Goy highlights the emerging importance of the superintending master, the protomaestro.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300112924
ISBN-10: 0300112920
Format: Hardback
(280mm x 220mm x 26mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 16-Jun-2006
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Richard J. Goy

Richard J. Goy is project director, Devereux Architects Ltd., London, and a leading historian of Venetian architecture.

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