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Art and Life in Renaissance Venice: Library Edition
Through close examination of Renaissance paintings, drawings, book illustrations, and other art works, Patricia Fortini Brown brings this world alive, revealing a culture of high beauty, artifice, and craftsmanship.
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published September 8th 2005 by Discontinued 3PD
(first published September 1st 1997)
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In this beautifully illustrated book Brown not only gives a survey of Venetian art but contrasts it with the Renaissance art of Florence, drawing upon the unique geography and history of the city and describing how these influenced Venetian art and artists. It is a good place to begin in the study of this subject, providing the background needed for the reader to dig more deeply into the art of greatest interest to him or her.
This is a really great book to take to Venice with you or read it before you go. So much of what is written about is in Venice to see and has been since the renaissance. The prints are good quality although there could be more of them. The writing is concise and even boarders poetic at times which is rare for a historical textbook.