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The Genius of Venice


The ideal volume for architecture aficionados and lovers of Venice, combining in-depth history of this singular city with more than 100 color photographs and maps. Of the many majestic vistas and images associated with Venice, none is as evocative and imbued with significance as the Piazza San Marco, the city’s oldest and most important architectural site. Measuring more than 12,000 square meters, it is one of the great urban spaces in the world. An authoritative and engaging account of the development of the entire Piazza complex, unfolding parallel to the history of the Republic in general, Piazza San Marco reveals the historical record of La Serenissima itself, as it is manifested in the architectural masterpieces of the Piazza.
Parrott’s view of Venice is a heroic one. Formed out of the void by the sheer determination of her people, this Republic is the offspring of bold, calculating men who seized opportunity wherever they found it. For much of the first millennium of her history, Venice was consistently a vanguard state, forging from within her lagoon a truly new people, the product of an accelerated national consciousness which only centuries later would transform the rest of Europe. Imparting decades of research through a richly engrossing narrative, enhanced by more than one hundred color illustrations, Piazza San Marco presents the magnificent edifices of the Piazza as, in the memorable words of the English art critic John Ruskin, the “living books of history” they were always intended to be.

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