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An Illustrated History of Interior Decoration: From Pompeii to Art Nouveau
by Mario Praz
The appeal of this extraordinary book lies in its rapt obsession with the details of the domestic interior, borne out in a wonderfully rich collection of pictures. These charming paintings and watercolors, mostly dating from 1770 to 1860 and coming from all over Europe, Russia, and America, record with faithful accuracy the shape of a room, the pattern of a carpet, the ...more
Hardcover, 396 pages
Published November 17th 2008 by Thames & Hudson
(first published January 1st 1982)
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Not quite what you'd expect. This isn't a history of interior decor as much as it is a meditation on the nature of "home" expressed through decor. The introductory essay by Mario Praz is graceful and entrancing and the heart of the book. His thoughts on collectors and the idea of change in what passes for "domestic" are superb. Well worth reading.
Mario Praz was an Italian-born critic of art and literature, and a scholar of English literature. His best-known book, "La carne, la morte e il diavolo nella letteratura romantica" ("The Romantic Agony" 1933) - written in 1930 - was a comprehensive survey of the erotic and morbid themes that characterized European authors of the late 18th and 19th centuries. He was Professor of Italian Studies at ...moreMore about Mario Praz...