The Stones of Florence and Venice Observed

The Stones of Florence and Venice Observed

... South Africa Penguin Books Ltd, Registered Offices: 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL , England www.penguin.com The Stones of Florence first published by William Heinemann Ltd 1959 Venice Observed first published by William Heinemann Ltd ...

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.
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Venice Observed

Venice Observed

A penetrating work of reportage on Venice. Searching observations and astonishing comprehension of the Venetian taste and character.

Author: Mary McCarthy

Publisher: Mariner Books

ISBN: PSU:000053752062

Category: Travel

Page: 166

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A penetrating work of reportage on Venice. Searching observations and astonishing comprehension of the Venetian taste and character.
Categories: Travel

Venice in Environmental Peril

Venice in Environmental Peril

Is Venice a precious heritage site to be preserved at all costs, or is the ecosystem of the lagoon too fragile to be ... In closing, I turn again to Mary McCarthy's Venice Observed, a book that would be profitably read by anyone who ...

Author: Dominic Standish

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 9780761856641

Category: Political Science

Page: 318

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Venice is perceived to be in peril due to rising sea levels, tourism, and modern development. This book is based on interviews with Venetian environmentalists about Venice s environmental risks, especially regarding the city s anticipated mobile dams. It offers a ten-point proposal to modernize Venice while preserving its ancient heritage"
Categories: Political Science

Venice Observed

Venice Observed

After a brief three-week 'living in Venice' experiment, we came away more fascinated than ever by this mesmerizing place of art and architectural wonders. Venice Observed is a random set of views, images, and memories from that experiment.

Author: Ron Verzuh

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1981143440

Category:

Page: 40

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Did you ever want to live in Venice, Italy, that legendary City of Islands in the stunning Adriatic Sea? After a brief three-week 'living in Venice' experiment, we came away more fascinated than ever by this mesmerizing place of art and architectural wonders. Venice Observed is a random set of views, images, and memories from that experiment.
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Venice Observed

Venice Observed

Author: Frank Leslie Green

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:668179752

Category: Venice (Italy)

Page: 45

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Categories: Venice (Italy)

Green Worlds of Renaissance Venice

Green Worlds of Renaissance Venice

Early modern Venetians and visitors to Venice observed in public ceremonies similar second or green worlds on actual and artificial islands in the lagoon. Several mobile floating displays entertained Beatrice d'Este, Duchess of Milan, ...

Author: Jodi Cranston

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 9780271084015

Category: Art

Page: 228

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From celebrated gardens in private villas to the paintings and sculptures that adorned palace interiors, Venetians in the sixteenth century conceived of their marine city as dotted with actual and imaginary green spaces. This volume examines how and why this pastoral vision of Venice developed. Drawing on a variety of primary sources ranging from visual art to literary texts, performances, and urban plans, Jodi Cranston shows how Venetians lived the pastoral in urban Venice. She describes how they created green spaces and enacted pastoral situations through poetic conversations and theatrical performances in lagoon gardens; discusses the island utopias found, invented, and mapped in distant seas; and explores the visual art that facilitated the experience of inhabiting verdant landscapes. Though the greening of Venice was relatively short lived, Cranston shows how the phenomenon had a lasting impact on how other cities, including Paris and London, developed their self-images and how later writers and artists understood and adapted the pastoral mode. Incorporating approaches from eco-criticism and anthropology, Green Worlds of Renaissance Venice greatly informs our understanding of the origins and development of the pastoral in art history and literature as well as the culture of sixteenth-century Venice. It will appeal to scholars and enthusiasts of sixteenth-century history and culture, the history of urban landscapes, and Italian art.
Categories: Art

Insight Guides City Guide Venice Travel Guide eBook

Insight Guides City Guide Venice  Travel Guide eBook

Literary extracts by celebrated visitors. Ian Littlewood, Venice: a Literary Companion (1991). Informed, literary presentation of lesserknown Venice. Mary McCarthy, Venice Observed (1961, revised 1982). Acerbic look at Venice from an ...

Author: Insight Guides

Publisher: Apa Publications (UK) Limited

ISBN: 9781786716705

Category: Travel

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Venice is one of the world's most magical and unique destinations, a city where life is lived on the water and getting lost is all part of the fun. Inside Insight City Guide Venice: A fully-overhauled edition by our expert Venice author. Stunning photography that brings this breathtaking city and its people to life. Highlights of the city's top attractions, from the frenzy of Piazza San Marco to the picturesque backstreets and canals less trodden by mass tourism. Descriptive area-by-area accounts cover the whole city from the the church-heavy Zattere district to the backwaters of Dorsoduro. A comprehensive Travel Tips section includes all the practical information you will need for your trip, including getting around on the canals and cultural activities. Detailed, high-quality maps throughout will help you get around and travel tips give you all the essential information for planning a memorable trip. About Insight Guides: Insight Guides has over 40 years' experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides. We produce around 400 full-colour print guide books and maps as well as picture-packed eBooks to meet different travellers' needs. Insight Guides' unique combination of beautiful travel photography and focus on history and culture together create a unique visual reference and planning tool to inspire your next adventure. 'Insight Guides has spawned many imitators but is still the best of its type.' - Wanderlust Magazine
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