History of Venice in Painting by Georges DubyHistory of Venice in Painting by Georges Duby

History of Venice in Painting

byGeorges Duby, Guy Lobrichon, Terisio Pignatti

Hardcover | October 23, 2007

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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 ofThe History of Venice in Paintingexplain 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 Paintingis 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.
Georges Duby, a former professor at the Collège de France, is a member of the Académie Française.Guy Lobrichonis a professor at the University of Avignon. Terisio Pignatti is the former director of the Correr Museum in Venice.Daniel Russois a professor of medieval art history at the University of Bourgogne.Michel Hochmannis the directo...
Title:History of Venice in PaintingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 21.3 × 14.3 × 1.69 inPublished:October 23, 2007Publisher:Abbeville Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0789209330

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Table of Contents

How Venice is Like a Woman
By Georges Duby

Venice: Paradise for a People
By Guy Lobrichon

Venice: The Message of Color
By Terisio Pignatti

Venice: Seat of Empire (14th#151;15th Centuries)
By Daniel Russo

The Arsenal of the Occident (16th Century)
By Michel Hochmann

The Response to Decline: European Culture (17th#151;18th Centuries)
By Adriana van de Lindt-Russo

The Dream of Venice (Late 18th#151;20th Centuries)
By Pierre Vaisee and Geneviève Nevejan

Doges of Venice
Main Cycles of Narrative Painting in Venice
Biographical Index of Artists
Index of Names
Index of Places

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The History of Venice in Painting— WINNER of the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award, 2007"An undeniably handsome volume…The History of Venice in Painting does what a single plane ticket cant do: It allows you to look at paintings world-wide…It tells the story of the city through its art…" — The Wall Street Journal“To multivolume artistic explorations of Florence and Paris Abbeville Press adds a single oversize tome that presents Venice as the inspirer of seven centuries of images, from illuminated manuscripts to the canvases of Oskar Kokoschka. Masterpieces by Titian, Giovanni Bellini, Antonio Canaletto and many, many others either were created in the city or depict aspects of it as the subject. So along with early religious themes are depictions of Venetian buildings, events and customs, showing the city in almost every significant style from the Middle Ages to the early modern period. The result shows the highest production values, featuring even several spectacular four-page foldouts.” — Chicago Tribune"Here's a book that packs a visual wallop…This book is magnificent…The color plates, many unfolding across two pages (four can be unfurled in splendid foldouts), trace the arc of Venetian history…And it comes encased in a silken slipcase, de rigueur for art book aficionados." — The Washington Post