Music and Art of Venice
Annotation:This beautifully written and illustrated book is the official catalog from the Montreal Museum of Art, that accompanies the stunning exhibition at the Portland Art Museum Venice: The Golden Age of Art and Music, February 15 to May 11, 2014.
Annotation:This short book is excellent for learning more about the cultural and political background that provided the framework of the works of art from Venice during the Renaissance.
Annotation:"Giovanni Antonio Canal, called Canaletto (1697-1768), is one of the most popular of all old master painters, admired for his magnificant views of Venice and London. In the words of one of his contemporaries, Canaletto had the power to paint so that 'the eye is deceived and truly believes it is the real thing it sees'." - from the book description
Annotation:"In this major new work of art history, Adelheid M. Gealt and George Knox assemble, present, and document for the first time a cycle of 313 drawings of scenes from the New Testament by the 18th-century Venetian draftsman Domenico Tiepolo (1727–1804). When Domenico died in 1804, the drawings were dispersed among various purchasers. Locating, identifying, and documenting them required years of detective work by Gealt and Knox." - from the book annotation.
Annotation:"Paolo Fabbri's Monteverdi, first published in Italian, is the leading study of the greatest composer of late Renaissance and early Baroque Italy, rightly called the "father of modern music." - from the book description
Annotation:"The editor is an architect as well as proto of St. Mark's and is responsible for its preservation. Individual essays document every aspect of the physical beauty of the basilica, including its architecture, sculpture and mosaics as well as the famous objects in the treasury. The essays explain the meaning behind the images as well as the beliefs and ideas that underly the ceremonies and rituals that are performed in the basilica. - from the book annotation.
Annotation:"Canaletto's landscapes are arguably, even today, the most familiar artistic products of eighteenth-century Venice For those with the requisite means, no visit to the city would be considered complete without the purchase of at least one of the artist's views, which captured the city's topography and urban activity with apparent verisimilitude. " - from the book annotation
Annotation:This book describes what daily life, musical and ceremonial, was like in Venice during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, during Vivaldi's lifetime, 1678-1741.