Filled with wit and insight, this is a fascinating tour of Venice from an artist's perspective.
The city of Venice has always provided an almost irresistible lure for both writers and artists.
Henry James loved it, as did Ruskin, Browning, Pound, and Brodsky.
For artists, it has been a compulsory magnet since the time of Bellini and Canaletto.
By the 19th century there was hardly an artist of note - Whistler and Turner, Sargent and Prendergas - who was not seduced by the city's charms, history, and aesthetic heritage.
For the depiction of Venice by artists, it's a high bar that's been set, but Adam Van Doren, grandson of the Pulitzer prize-winning poet Mark Van Doren, convincingly confronts the competition in this charming memoir, a verbal and visual account of his love affair with the city.
His story is personal; like all other artists, he sees the city through his own eyes, but he is also well-informed historically, lacing his tour with information, opinion, and wit.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 128 pages, full-colour illustrations throughout
- Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher Inc
- Publication Date: 01/02/2013
- Category: Art & design styles: from c 1960
- ISBN: 9781567924541