The history of Venice in painting.
New York (and London), Abbeville Press 2007.
Elephant folio. 496pp, hundreds of colour photo ills. Publisher’s cloth, in cloth box as issued.
A very large and impressive volume which ”explores the history of a city [Venice] as seen through the eyes of those who painted it”. The splendid colour reproductions of many of the most famous paintings of Venice, taking the reader all through the city’s history from the early middle ages up to the end of the nineteenth century, offer a continuing visual feast, and the accompanying text is vividly written and consistently interesting. Prospective purchasers should note that the volume is a heavy one, with consequences for postal costs.