Item Number: 148680
Title: Io sono ‘700. L’anima di Venezia tra pittori, mercanti e bottegheri da quadri
Author: Spadotto, Federica
Price: Not Available
Description: Caselle di Sommacampagna: Cierre, 2018. 25cm., pbk., 232pp., 59 color plates. Italian text.
Summary: In order to understand the meaning of this book, I wish to invite you to look at the front page: it hosts a "capriccio" of Francesco Tironi (Venice, 1745-1797), where all the complex and charming soul of Venice is captured. In the foreground our eye meets a sailor, who, in an ideal way, carries us across the waters of the Lagoon, where, far away, the church of San Giorgio Maggiore peers out. Along an unlikely docking, many ancient wrecks, which range from the classic age to the Egyptian obelisk, act as a counterpart to this famous monument. At their feet a lad lays resting while, a little further, the mentioned banks fill up with workers busy loading wooden crates. In fact, just to these we will attend to, as also to the couple in love (tourists of the Gran Tour), caught admiring our church and the buildings along the water's edge, buried in the magic changing colours of the Venetian light. A man dressed in heavy clothes, he too in the foregroung, comes to break, or better still, to change the magic spell into a profitable trade. He is standing on a ship, his back turned to us, wearing an elegant cocked hat, arguing with his workers to organize the loading of other wooden crates. Is he Giovanni Maria Sasso. or is it the ghost of Consul Smith? It's your guess (Federica Spadotto).
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