ARCHITECTURE OF VENICE
Architecture and Design
A History of Venetian Architecture by Ennio Concina,
transl by Judith Landry, Cambridge University Press, 1998. Concina's comprehensive survey draws on
extensive original research of the cultural history of the city to offer fresh
insights and an energetic approach to the architecture. 290 halftone illustrations. 60 color
Venice: The City and Its
Architecture by Richard Goy, Phaidon Press Inc., 1999. Examines the way in which Venice's
unusual topography has influenced the form and type of the city's buildings.
The text looks at the city's most important monuments, discusses important
building types such as churches and palaces, and also looks at the urban fabric
of the middle-class and working-class districts of the city. Illustrated with
photographs, maps, plans, and reproductions of artwork.
The Architectural History of Venice: Revised and enlarged edition by Deborah Howard and Laura Moretti, Yale University Press, 2004. When published in 1981, Cambridge professor Howard's survey of Venetian architecture was hailed as the only authoritative study of its scope in English. This new edition contains the same text with minor revisions, many of which reflect research Howard published in her Venice and the East.
Venice and the East: The Impact of
the Islamic World on Venetian Architecture 1100-1500 by Deborah Howard,
Yale Univ Press, 2000. Architectural historian Deborah Howard
explores the range of buildings that reflect Muslim imagery and discusses the
complexities of importing such ideas to a Christian city. Superb illustrations.
The Grand Canal by Umberto Franzoi and
photography by Mark Smith, transl. by Daniel Wheeler, Vendome Press, 1997.
A complete survey in text and photos of
the exterior and some interiors of the 316 buildings of Grand Canal. Panoramic
views record every building on both banks, and a fascinating text describes the
with 220 photos.
by Alvise Zorzi and photography by
Paolo Marton, Rizzoli, 1990. A beautiful book that comprehensively
covers the history and design of the palazzi of Venice. Stunning interior
shots and excellent text that places each building stylistically, historically
Stones of Venice by Lionello Puppi with
photography by Mark Edward Smith, Vendome Press, 2002. This is a beautiful, sensitively
photographed essay on the texture, color, shape and endless uses of stone in
Venice. Author Lionello Puppi is a noted professor of architectural history at
the University of Venice and photographer Mark Smith is an American
photographer living in Venice whose books include Grand Canal and Palaces of
Venice. Not to be confused with The
Stones of Venice by 19th-century writer John Ruskin.
History A History of Venice by John Julius
Norwich, Vintage Books, 1989. One of the most comprehensive and the
most engaging histories of Venice. The reader follows Venice from the formation
of the lagoon city late to its joining with, and later betrayal of, Byzantium,
its many wars with Genoa and Turkey, its Renaissance diplomacy, to its last
centuries of sunlight and the eventual takeover by Napoleon. Eloquently written.
Venice Revealed: An Intimate
Portrait by Paolo Barbaro, trans. by Tami Calliope, Steerforth Press, 2001. The author is Venetian civil engineer
who spent decades working abroad before returning home. This intimate guide
offers a Venice that tourists rarely see: working-class districts, industrial
zones, hidden gardens and alleys.
More than just a lush portrait, this is a cri de coeur and a desperate plea
to save the city that mass tourism and nature are threatening to destroy.
Living in Venice by Frederic Vitoux,
photos by Jerome Darblay, Flammarion Press, 2000. A beautifully illustrated guide to the
grand style and traditions of Venice. Over 430 photographs explore the known as
well as the more intimate and rarely seen sides of this majestic city.
The World of Venice by Jan Morris, Harvest Books, 1995 edition. This book was first published in 1960
when its English author was a foreign correspondent living in Italy. This edition blends history,
social commentary, and personal travel narrative in the Venice of 50 years ago.
Venice Observed by Mary McCarthy,
Harvest Books, 1963. Another look at what Venice was 50 years ago. By the author of The Group, this book has been
described by some as the best single travel book ever written on Venice. Neither history nor a guide book, its
tone is leisurely and informative, the style witty and engaging. McCarthy’s
asides about her personal experiences in the city complement her grander
historical and artistic musings.