Description:Very good dust jacket, tiny bit edgewear back bottom edge of...Very good dust jacket, tiny bit edgewear back bottom edge of jacket and slightly yelowed back of jacket. Very good condition. B&W Photographs and Illustrations. 180 p. Not price clipped jacket.
Description:Very Good/Very Good. 8vo 0304938998 Dust jacket complete,...Very Good/Very Good. 8vo 0304938998 Dust jacket complete, unclipped. Brown cloth boards with bright gilt titling on spine. No ownership inscription. Illustrations / plates. 180 pages clean and tight. In 1694 died Doge Francesco Morosini, the scourge of the Turks, and with his death went the last hope of reviving the Venetian empire which for three centuries had been the richest in the Mediterranean. At its greatest the empire stretched from Bergamo and Brescia on the mainland of northern Italy, up and eastward to the Austrian border, with the peerless beauty of Venice herself at its heart. In 1797 the last Doge abdicated before the military power of Napoleon Bonaparte, and Venice finally lost her independence. It was during this last century of her statehood that Venice, renowned as 'La Serenissima', was the pleasure paradise of Europe and focus of the Grand Tour. To this city of the libertine gambler Casanova, of magical light and water, masked carnivals and gondolas, tourists flocked eager for gaiety, romance and excitement. But tourists also thronged to Venice and the Veneto to enjoy an exceptional flowering of the arts and intellect. Here, in the dying republic, the eighteenth century could boast Tiepolo, Guardi, Canaletto, Rosalba and a host of artists whose works were in constant demand the music of the Venetian academies and the voices of the castrati enchanted musicians in the discerning age of Handel and Bach; the theatre and the Commedla de//'Arte flourished under Goldoni and Gozzi; and the librettist da Ponte was gaining a reputation that was to lead to the immortal partnership with Mozart. That this artistic resurgence should coincide with the decline of Venice's political power and with an apparent growth of frivolity is a remarkable paradox. La Serenissima is an exploration of that paradox; of a civilization living its last with feverish intensity. Before a vivid backcloth of monumental architecture, beneath the exquisite frescoes adorning church interiors, through the ca//i and canals of Venice herself, Alfonso Lowe recreates the vibrant life and the sumptuous ritual of this unique republic in its final, brilliant flourish of artistic creativity.
Description:FIRST thus. Large 8vo Black Boards HB with gilt titles in...FIRST thus. Large 8vo Black Boards HB with gilt titles in priceclipped Guardi painting inset with gondoliers DJ VG/VG. Previous owners inscrip in pen front endpapers. The renaissance of the Italian city after the fall of the Turkish Empire. 180pp with index and thirty bw photos.
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