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The history of Venetian architecture is no less remarkable than the history of that city itself, and Ennio Concina's comprehensive survey draws on extensive original research on the city's cultural history to offer fresh insights and an energetic approach to the architecture. Beginning with the traces of classical activity found in the territory which became ducal Venice, to its establishment as an urba magna in the Byzantine age, and the architectural glories of the Renaissance and Baroque city, Concina discusses the influence of Venice's extraordinary position in history and geography on the architectural styles to be found there. He overturns many long established theories on the development of the lagoon city, and discusses the work of many of history's most famous architects - Sansovino, Sanmicheli, Palladio, Longhena - bringing the story up to date with his examination of the twentieth-century's attempts to expand the economy, and preserve the city's heritage. This lavishly produced title is a co-edition with Electa Books, Italy.Read more
- Co-edition with Electa Books - benefits from the production values of a dedicated art publisher
- 60 colour plates and 290 black and white halftones
- General survey from classical period to the twentieth century
- Subject central to all undergraduate courses in UK
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'Ennio Concina's fascinating book … is robustly argued and wonderfully illustrated.' Simon Pepper, The Architecture Review
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- Date Published: March 1998
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521573382
- length: 362 pages
- dimensions: 248 x 228 x 34 mm
- weight: 1.625kg
- contains: 290 b/w illus. 60 colour illus.
- availability: Unavailable - out of print May 2011
Table of Contents
1. Neptune's Walls: the myths of the origins
2. Byzantine, ducal and communal Venice
3. Venice and the Gothic
4. Renovatio marciana: the early Renaissance
5. The new magnificence: the cinquecento
6. Baroque Venice: the age of Baldassar Longhena
7. the eighteenth century: anti-Baroque polemics, the 'stil veneziano' and innovation
8. Architecture and the contemporary city.
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