"The best concise introduction to Venetian architecture in English."-Times Literary Supplement; "Compact and manageable . . . an excellent introduction to the novice preparing for a first Venetian experience."-Society of Architectural Historians; "A hugely rewarding and accessible book."-Richard Cork, Modern Painters
Author Biography: Deborah Howard is professor of architectural history at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge.Her books include Jacopo Sansovino: Architecture and Patronage in Renaissance Venice and Venice and the East: The Impact of the Islamic World on Venetian Architecture, both published by Yale University Press.
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. Reduced in size for convenient transport in a tourist's backpack or purse, the new edition boasts crisp new color photos, extensively updated footnotes, and an expanded bibliography. The concise, fact-filled narrative chronicles the evolution of Venice's major building types-churches, palaces, and guildhalls-from the Byzantine era to the present. Just as scholarly and comprehensive, but written in a voice that more poetically evokes the Most Serene Republic's timeless allure, is Richard Goy's Venice: The City and Its Architecture. Goy takes a nonlinear approach, devoting each chapter to a broad theme or a single building type. Collections specializing in architecture will need Howard's revised edition; other libraries owning the earlier edition can guiltlessly skip the revision. Both Howard and Goy are highly recommended for large public and academic libraries. To ensure complete coverage, academic libraries should also consider Ennio Concina's A History of Venetian Architecture.-David Solt sz, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.