The Stones of Florence & Venice Observed

The Stones of Florence Venice Observed The Stones of Florence and Venice Observed are wonderfully vivid and perceptive descriptions of two great Italian cities told through their history and art revealing Mary McCarthy to be one of liter

  • Title: The Stones of Florence & Venice Observed
  • Author: Mary McCarthy
  • ISBN: 9780141188218
  • Page: 193
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Stones of Florence and Venice Observed are wonderfully vivid and perceptive descriptions of two great Italian cities, told through their history and art, revealing Mary McCarthy to be one of literature s greatest travelling companions.Here she depicts Florence through its tempestuous past, from the reign of the Medicis to Savonarola s bonfire of the vanities Her accouThe Stones of Florence and Venice Observed are wonderfully vivid and perceptive descriptions of two great Italian cities, told through their history and art, revealing Mary McCarthy to be one of literature s greatest travelling companions.Here she depicts Florence through its tempestuous past, from the reign of the Medicis to Savonarola s bonfire of the vanities Her account is dominated by the splendours of the Renaissance the statues of Michelangelo and Donatello, the architecture of Brunelleschi, the paintings of Giotto and Botticelli but she also shows Florence as a living city with a bustling street pageant of sounds and smells A gold idol with clay feet , McCarthy s Venice is a city of illusion and spectacle, carnival and commerce, entrancing visitors with its grandeur and richness, its reflection glittering in the waters of the Adriatic.

    225 Comment

    • Matthew Batten says:

      Fantastic history and travelogue of Florence and Venice. Best read after you've visited.

    • Shaoola says:

      A pleasurable read after visiting both cities, i.e Venice & Florence It makes one better understand the mystical sense one feels when wandering the streets of these two cities

    • Lysergius says:

      Bought this in a bookshop in Florence and read it on the train home Wonderful descriptions which capture exactly the atmosphere of these two fabulous cities

    • Ross Whamond says:

      The text flows effortlessly and takes you into the heart of Florence and Venice.Historically and the time this was written.You walk the campo and piazza alongside the people.I lived this book.

    • Henry Sturcke says:

      Read this in preparation of my second trip to Italy. Well-written, evocative.

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