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Venice is a magical city. For centuries, Venice has enchanted visitors with its magnificent architecture and romantic canals. As a lone republic amid mostly monarchical Europe, Venice equally amazed philosophers and poets, leading Wordsworth to hail this floating city of more than one hundred islands as "the oldest Child of Liberty." Yet it is the imprint Venice left in the realm of painting, not only as a subject that inspired visiting artists from Europe and beyond, but more importantly as the seat of a new school of painting, for which Venice should best be remembered. The Venetian School of painting was developed during the Renaissance, featuring such celebrated painters as Bellini, Mantegna, Giorgione, and Titian. Emphasizing Venice's pervasive sunlight and glowing color in their works, these painters influenced centuries of painters to come. The authors of The History of Venice in Painting explain how the Venetian School, in addition to other attractions like Carnival, attracted legions of tourists to Venice, making it an obligatory stop on the "Grand Tour" that should complete any eighteenth-century gentleman's cultural education. Visitors also came to Venice to paint the city's famous light for themselves, most notably J.M.W. Turner and Claude Monet. Sun-soaked Venice, with light reflecting off the waters of its many canals, was indeed an Impressionist's dream. This vibrantly illustrated text traces the history of the Republic of Venice through its artistic heritage, from medieval mosaics to twentieth-century Futurist paintings. Including 350 full-color images, as well as 4 breathtaking gatefolds, The History of Venice in Painting is a treasure-trove of art, history, and culture. Here such panoramas as religious processions and gondolas criss-crossing the Grand Canal are displayed in a size befitting the subject's grandeur. Protected in a silkbound slipcase, this gorgeous tribute captures the history and indelible legacy of Venice.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780789209337
ISBN-10: 0789209330
Format: Hardback
(542mm x 364mm x 61mm)
Pages: 496
Imprint: Abbeville Press Inc.,U.S.
Publisher: Abbeville Press Inc.,U.S.
Publish Date: 9-Nov-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Georges Duby

Georges Duby, a former professor at the College de France, is a member of the Academie Francaise. Guy Lobrichon is a professor at the University of Avignon. Terisio Pignatti is the former director of the Correr Museum in Venice. Daniel Russo is a professor of medieval art history at the University of Bourgogne. Michel Hochmann is the director of studies for history and philosophy at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes. Adriana van de Lindt-Russo received her doctorate in art history from the University of Utrecht. Pierre Vaisse is an honorary professor of contemporary art history at the University of Geneva. Genevieve Nevejan is an art historian who teaches at the Ecole du Louvre.

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