The Companion Guide to Venice

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Companion Guides, 1997 - Travel - 299 pages
Offers all that the visitor with a concern for beauty and for leisurely sight-seeing will require. FINANCIAL TIMES The best guide book I have ever encountered... and a book I found it impossible not to read from beginning to end. OBSERVERThere are few pleasanter ways of passing a summer's evening than sitting over a cup of coffee, and perhaps a glass of Aurum, in the Piazza San Marco. It is especially agreeable on those nights when the Venetian city band thunders away at some throbbingly romantic piece... And all the while the younger inhabitants parade around the square, chattering, flirting, quarrelling and staring at their visitors with that same unwinking gaze that Venetians have turned on their guests for the past five centuries. The facade of San Marco closes the scene in a glitter of golden mosaic and a bubbling of cupolas, while the great thick red campanile stretches up into the warm mothy darkness of the summer sky. Hugh Honour, it is clear, knows Venice exceptionally well and catches the rhythms of the city's life with unerring skill. His guide, with its winning blend of evocative detail and precise information, spurs the reader to investigate Venice's wonders: Piazza San Marco is only the beginning of a journey into the heart of Venice and its history.
 

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Contents

List of Illustrations
9
Preface to the Fourth Edition
12
Introduction
13
In the Piazza
21
Venice and Byzantium
32
The Structure of the Republic
45
Titian and Tintoretto
60
Bellini Carpaccio and Cima
75
Tiepolo and Guardi
165
A House of Gold and a Church of Damask
178
Music and Fantasy
190
Cannaregio
204
Markets and Modern Art
217
the Grand Canal
229
A Journey on the Lagoon
241
Terra Firma
258

The Lombardi and Renaissance Sculpture
89
Books Marbles Paintings and Costumes
104
A Palladian Morning
116
Giorgione Veronese and others
129
The Mercerie and Mannerism
142
Venetian Baroque
153
The Way to the Station
275
Appendices Places of interest not mentioned in the text
281
Some books about Venice
283
Shops
286
Index
287
Copyright

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About the author (1997)

Patrick Hugh Honour was born in Eastbourne, East Sussex, United Kingdom on September 26, 1927. He received a bachelor's degree in 18th-century English literature from St. Catharine's College, Cambridge. In the mid-1950's, he started writing and editing with John Fleming. For Penguin Books, they edited the series Style and Civilization. They also edited two more series for Penguin: Architect and Society and Art in Context. Together they wrote The Visual Arts: A History, The Penguin Dictionary of Decorative Arts, and The Penguin Dictionary of Architecture with Nikolaus Pevsner. Honour wrote several books on his own including Horace Walpole, Chinoiserie: A Vision of Cathay, The Companion Guide to Venice, Romanticism, The Image of the Black in Western Art: From the American Revolution to World War I, and The Venetian Hours of Henry James, Whistler, and Sargent. Honour organized the traveling exhibition The European Vision of America for the United States Bicentennial in 1976. As a companion to the exhibition, he wrote The New Golden Land: European Images of America from the Discoveries to the Present Time. He died on May 19, 2016 at the 88.

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