The Stones of Florence and Venice Observed

The Stones of Florence and Venice Observed

Venice. Observed. 1. Venice. Preserved. 'Venice at 8 to 9; went to Danielli's [sic]. Saw St Mark's, the Piazza, the Grand Canal and some churches: fine day – very picturesque – general effect fine – individual things not.

Author: Mary McCarthy

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141913445

Category: Travel

Page: 288

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The Stones of Florence and Venice Observed are wonderfully vivid and perceptive descriptions of two great Italian cities, told through their history and art, revealing Mary McCarthy to be one of literature's greatest travelling companions. Here she depicts Florence through its tempestuous past, from the reign of the Medicis to Savonarola's bonfire of the vanities. Her account is dominated by the splendours of the Renaissance - the statues of Michelangelo and Donatello, the architecture of Brunelleschi, the paintings of Giotto and Botticelli - but she also shows Florence as a living city with a bustling street pageant of sounds and smells. A 'gold idol with clay feet', McCarthy's Venice is a city of illusion and spectacle, carnival and commerce, entrancing visitors with its grandeur and richness, its reflection glittering in the waters of the Adriatic.
Categories: Travel

Venetian Views Venetian Blinds

Venetian Views  Venetian Blinds

English Fantasies of Venice Manfred Pfister, Barbara Schaff. Brilli , Attilio : Il viaggio in Italia . ... Cosgrave , Denis : " The Myth and the Stones of Venice " . ... McCarthy , Mary : The Stones of Florence and Venice Observed .

Author: Manfred Pfister

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042007478

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 255

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Half a millennium of English and American fantasies of Venice: this collection of essays by leading critics in the field explores the continued and continuing fascination of travellers, writers, artists, theatre workers and film makers with the amphibious and ambiguous city in the lagoon. There is hardly another place in Europe that has become so much of a palimpsest, inscribed with the fantasies, the dreams and nightmares of generations of foreigners, and this turns Venetian Views, Venetian Blinds into a particularly pertinent case study of the ways cultural difference within Europe is experienced, enacted and constructed. The essays range across five centuries - from the Renaissance to our postmodern present, from Shakespeare and his contemporary Coryate to recent novels, detective fiction and films - and, in contrast to previous studies focussing on the Grand Tour, they emphasise more recent developments and how they continue or disrupt traditional ways of perceiving - or being blind to! - Venice.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Venice Observed

Venice Observed

Discursive essay on Venice past and present, profusely illustrated with reproductions, part colored, of Venetian works of art ; notes by A. Chastel.

Author: Mary McCarthy

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105001666663

Category: Art

Page: 199

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Discursive essay on Venice past and present, profusely illustrated with reproductions, part colored, of Venetian works of art ; notes by A. Chastel.
Categories: Art

Arthur Jeffress

Arthur Jeffress

30 McCarthy had just published her remarkable book Venice Observed, so that was a wasted opportunity. Arthur always described Peggy as an 'eternal twenties girl' and she signed a copy of her autobiography for him: 'A Twenties Girl.

Author: Gill Hedley

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781838602826

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

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Arthur Jeffress was an art dealer and collector from a Virginian family who bequeathed his “subversive little collection” (Derek Hill) to Tate and Southampton City Art Gallery on his suicide in 1961. That suicide, a result of his expulsion from Venice, has been the subject of speculation in many memoirs. Gill Hedley's biography of Jeffress has benefited from access to many hundreds of unpublished letters written between Jeffress and Robert Melville, who ran Jeffress' own gallery from 1955-1961. The letters were written largely while Jeffress was in Venice and reveal a vivid picture of the London gallery world as well as frank details of artists, collectors and the definitive story of his suicide. Previously unpublished research reveals new information about the lives of Jeffress' lover John Deakin, his business partner Erica Brausen, the French photographer André Ostier and Henry Clifford, and the way in which all of them influenced Jeffress' first steps as a collector from the 1930s onwards.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The La Scala Encyclopedia of the Opera

The La Scala Encyclopedia of the Opera

fter attending a performance in a Paris theater, an ambassador from Venice observed in astonishment: "Here the theaters are very different from ours - people come to them to listen and not to talk as we do in Italy.

Author: Giorgio Bagnoli

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780671870423

Category: Music

Page: 398

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Includes over 1,200 entries covering operas, composers, performers, conductors, librettists, and other topics in opera from 1597 to the present
Categories: Music

A View of Society and Manners in Italy The second edition

A View of Society and Manners in Italy     The second edition

He conquered the Morea , which was ceded formally to Venice , with some other acquifition , at the peace of Carlowitz , in she last year of the last century . During the war of the succellion , the state of Venice observed a Ariet ...

Author: John MOORE (M.D., Author of “Zeluco.”.)

Publisher:

ISBN: BL:A0022674220

Category:

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Treatises and Essays on subjects connected with Economical Policy with biographical sketches of Quesnay A Smith and Ricardo Second edition enlarged etc

Treatises and Essays on subjects connected with Economical Policy  with biographical sketches of Quesnay  A  Smith  and Ricardo  Second edition  enlarged  etc

An unexceptionable judge , M. Berthollet , employed by the French government to report on the arts of Venice , observed , “ That the industry of the Venetians , like that of the Chinese , had been precocious , but had remained ...

Author: John Ramsay McCulloch

Publisher:

ISBN: BL:A0018641389

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A Dictionary Practical Theoretical and Historical of Commerce and Commercial Navigation by the Late J R M Culloch

A Dictionary Practical  Theoretical  and Historical of Commerce and Commercial Navigation by the Late J  R  M Culloch

The glass Present Trade and Manufactures of Venice.manufacture of Venice was the first , and for a long From the period when Venice came into the time the most celebrated , of any in Europe ; anil possession of Austria , down to 1830 ...

Author: John Ramsay McCulloch

Publisher:

ISBN: IBNN:BN000642008

Category:

Page: 1591

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The Stones of Venice

The Stones of Venice

transitional architecture of Venice. Observe, that in all the capitals given in the lateral columns in Plate II., the points of the leaves turn over . But in this central group they lie flat against the angle of the capital, ...

Author: John Ruskin

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 9783748139317

Category: Art

Page: 503

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Of all the buildings in Venice, later in date than the final additions to the Ducal Palace, the noblest is, beyond all question, that which, having been condemned by its proprietor, not many years ago, to be pulled down and sold for the value of its materials, was rescued by the Austrian government, and appropriated-the government officers having no other use for it-to the business of the Post-Office; though still known to the gondolier by its ancient name, the Casa Grimani. It is composed of three stories of the Corinthian order, at once simple, delicate, and sublime; but on so colossal a scale, that the three-storied palaces on its right and left only reach to the cornice which marks the level of its first floor. Yet it is not at first perceived to be so vast; and it is only when some expedient is employed to hide it from the eye, that by the sudden dwarfing of the whole reach of the Grand Canal, which it commands, we become aware that it is to the majesty of the Casa Grimani that the Rialto itself, and the whole group of neighboring buildings, owe the greater part of their impressiveness.
Categories: Art

A New Universal Biography Containing Interesting Accounts

A New Universal Biography  Containing Interesting Accounts

The republic refused to part with him , and Rucellai , who was then at Venice , observed that he might tell at Florence , that he had seen the king of France and the state ...

Author: John Platts

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015067077639

Category: Biography

Page:

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Categories: Biography