Decorative Floors of Venice

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Merrell, 2000 - Architecture - 208 pages
The iridescent mosaics and intricate tiles that decorate the floors of Venice -- in palaces, churches and courtyards -- are as much a part of the fluidity and magic of the place as the lapping waters of the canals. Venetian floors constitute a concentrated history of art that passes from the minute detail of ancient mosaics to the broad panels of Renaissance and Baroque compositions. The limitless array of heraldic motifs, birds and flowers, spectacular geometric patterns and bold combinations of colours form an exotic carpet, woven from marble and lapis lazuli, that covers the entire city. Fully illustrated with sumptuous photography throughout, this authoritative account of these decorative floors examines the techniques and materials used -- from the external pavments made with white Istrian stone and masegni, the local slate, to the terrazzo alla veneziana, sumptuous designs laid down with chips of marble and precious stones -- offering the first comprehensive account of one of the less-well-documented aspects of the city, from the earliest mosaics of the Byzantine and Ravenna schools to those of the present day.
-- Source of inspiration for interior designers
-- Comprehensive survey of both historical and contemporary material
-- Newly commissioned photography
-- Explores materials and techniques
-- Only book in English on the subject
-- Author is well-known expert on Venetian interiors and history
-- 240 colour illustrations

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In his foreword to this book, John Julius Norwich suggests that Venetian floors might have been so exquisitely created "because, in a city built on water, the endless simmering reflections of their ... Read full review


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