Item Number: 114188
Title: The Doge’s palace in Venice
Author: Romanelli, Giandomenico
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Description: Photographs by Jean-Pierre Gabriel. Venice: Skira, 2011. 28cm., pbk., 232pp., 140 color illus. English text. Summary: The Doge’s Palace is much more than a royal palace or the municipal headquarters: it is the symbol of the city and the Republic, home to the Doge and the place where Legislative and Government Assemblies were held; this is where the tribunals, archives, offices, administration and bureaucracy were all situated. An unequalled treasure trove of artworks and a place full of historical memories, it is more than a museum or an art gallery: it is in many ways the quintessence of a culture and a lifestyle, of the splendour and no less the taste of the Venetians. Palazzo Ducale, behind hidden doors and secret passageways, conceals many of the mysteries of Venice and its government: the Torture Room; its notorious prisons known as the Piombi and the Pozzi; the “mouths” where crimes could be reported anonymously, and an armoury brimming with all kinds of swords and daggers, handguns and hundred-barrel rifles. Built like the hull of a huge ship, it appears a miracle of engineering and carpentry, technology and invention; in its halls we sense the history and genius of great artworks.
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