Author: Judith Anne Testa
Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press
No city but Florence contains such an intense concentration of art produced in such a short span of time. The sheer number and proximity of works of painting, sculpture, and architecture in Florence can be so overwhelming that Florentine hospitals treat hundreds of visitors each year for symptoms brought on by trying to see them all, an illness famously identified with the French author Stendhal. While most guidebooks offer only brief descriptions of a large number of works, with little discussion of the historical background, Judith Testa gives a fresh perspective on the rich and brilliant art of the Florentine Renaissance in An Art Lover's Guide to Florence. Concentrating on a number of the greatest works, by such masters as Botticelli and Michelangelo, Testa explains each piece in terms of what it meant to the people who produced it and for whom they made it, deftly treating the complex interplay of politics, sex, and religion that were involved in the creation of those works. With Testa as a guide, armchair travelers and tourists alike will delight in the fascinating world of Florentine art and history.
Author: Loren W. Partridge
"Rich and engaging. This account of Florentine art tells the story of who commissioned these works, who made them, where they were seen, and how they were experienced and understood by their viewers. Includes a useful timeline, glossary, and series of artists' biographies."--Patricia L. Reilly, Swarthmore College "An extraordinarily useful book, not only for teachers, but also for historically minded travelers interested in an illustrated guide to the art of Renaissance Florence."--Evelyn Lincoln, Brown University "Clear and compelling. The well-chosen illustrations include ground plans and diagrams of key architectural monuments and sculpture. The updated, judicious bibliography is a resource for anyone tackling the vast scholarship on the art of Renaissance Florence."--Cristelle Baskins, editor of The Triumph of Marriage: Painted Cassoni of the Renaissance
The Biography of a City
Author: Christopher Hibbert
Publisher: Penguin UK
This book is as captivating as the city itself. Hibbert's gift is weaving political, social and art history into an elegantly readable and marvellously lively whole. The author's book on Florence will also be at once a history and a guide book and will be enhanced by splendid photographs and illustrations and line drawings which will describe all teh buildings and treasures of the city.
The Art Lover's Guide to Understanding Michelangelo's Masterpieces
Author: William E. Wallace
Publisher: Universe Pub
Uses die-cut windows and overlays to identify, decode, and explain symbols hidden in Michelangelo's works to discover the meaning behind fifty featured paintings, drawings, and sculptures.
Author: Louise Fili
Publisher: New York Review of Books
Where do Florentines go to for the finest handmade shoes, leather gloves, jewelry inspired by Renaissance paintings, artisanal chocolates, exquisite lingerie, and more? This discriminating guide of eight walks will take you to shops of legendary quality and fine craftsmanship. Also featured are dozens of dining recommendations, from where to find cioccolata da bere (“drinkable” chocolate) to a sumptuous meal served in a former convent. There are more than seventy shops included in The Civilized Shopper’s Guide to Florence, selling childrenswear; womenswear and accessories (clothing, including vintage French and Italian designer, jewelry, gloves, hats, shoes, lingerie); menswear; housewares & home decor (leather boxes, artwork, antiques, tassels, bronze, enamel signs, fabrics & trimmings, frames & prints, linens, pottery, silver); specialty foods; books; miscellaneous (buttons, art supplies, perfume & toiletries, knitting supplies, paper goods & stationery, toys) and much, much more. Dining options include 37 venues, including cafes, restaurants, gelaterias, wine bars, and pastry shops.
Author: Penelope Hobhouse
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
This authoritative new series of guidebooks to the gardens of Europe is the perfect companion for any garden enthusiast, whether tourist or armchair traveler. Each title is a richly illustrated in-depth guide to over 100 gardens, from the famous to little-known hidden treasures, and features colorful photography and easy-to-read illustrations commissioned especially for this series. Also included are maps, directions, complete visitor information, special features, and neighboring sites of interest. Each guide, written by a gardening expert, begins with a comprehensive background on the country's garden history and local climate. The most significant gardens in each volume are featured in even greater detail, accompanied by illustrated plans of the gardens and close-up views of particular features. The numerous color photographs and maps show travelers what awaits at each garden. The Garden Lover's Guides are indispensible aids for those planning European travel itineraries. The Garden Lover's Guide to Britain, written by Patrick Taylor, ranges from the sweeping views of Stourhead to the jungle-like ambiance of Inverewe on the Scottish coast. The Garden Lover's Guide to Italy includes the Villa del Balbianello at Lake Como, Roman villa gardens, and the exotic, sub-tropical parks of Sicily.
The Art Lover's Guide to Understanding Symbols in Paintings
Author: Paul Crenshaw
Publisher: Universe Pub
Identifies secret symbols and meanings hidden in sixty-two works by master artists from Botticelli and Giotto to Da Vinci and Michelangelo, in a captioned treasury that features die-cut pages enabling readers to focus on specific aspects.
A Walking Guide to Its Architecture
Author: Richard J. Goy
Publisher: Yale University Press
Each year, millions of visitors travel to Florence to admire the architectural marvels of this famous Renaissance city. In this compact yet comprehensive volume, architect and architectural historian Richard J. Goy offers a convenient, accessible guide to the city’s piazzas, palazzos, basilicas, and other architectural points of interest, as well as pertinent historical details regarding Florence’s unique urban environment. Clearly laid out and fully illustrated, this handbook is designed around a series of expertly planned walking tours that encompass not only the city’s most admired architectural sites, but also its lesser-known gems. Maps are tailored to each walking tour and provide additional references and insights, along with introductory chapters on the city’s architectural history, urban design, and building materials and techniques. Featuring a complete bibliography, glossary of key terms, and other useful reference materials, Goy’s guide will appeal both to travelers who desire a greater architectural context and analysis than that offered by a traditional guide and to return visitors looking to rediscover Florence’s most enchanting sites.
A Map of Perceptions
Author: Andrea Ponsi
Many years have passed since architect Andrea Ponsi settled in Florence, and still he feels he does not fully comprehend this mysterious city. The way Florence eludes understanding, however, can be an opportunity--to keep seeking, to keep exploring. Ponsi’s Florence is endlessly suggestive. His tour of the city is one of continually shifting light and perspective, of stunning symmetry and an even more compelling asymmetry, of sudden transitions from bustling streets to the most perfect silence. While Ponsi does consider such celebrated sites as the Piazza Santa Croce, the Ponte Vecchio, and the Duomo, the book is a decidedly personal view of Florence. The author notes the city’s recurring geometry--the square courtyards, triangular spires, octagonal plaques and pillars--and marvels at a room almost too big to be called a room. He views the city from various terraces and likens the expanse of rising and falling rooftops to ocean waves.Here is Florence as labyrinth, possessing a medieval density that is relieved only by the sudden views of sky framed by its piazzas. Ponsi shows us a six-street intersection and ponders the abundance of acute angles, both indoors and out, in this city of infinite corners. In Florence, humans and buildings commingle. The author equates haircuts and changes of clothes with fresh coats of paint and re-shingling jobs, and contemplates the way a human hand, feeling its way down a city block, adds to the patina of a stucco wall. Ponsi sees the city itself as a living body, through whose veins its inhabitants course. This is the way we dream an architect could speak to us, fully communicating his passion. The book’s elegant, concise prose--as well as its balance of the civic with the intensely personal--recalls the Calvino of Marcovaldo and Invisible Cities. The text is accompanied by Ponsi’s own spare but evocative watercolors and sketches, which, like his words, seek to behold rather than pin down. This lyrical tribute is as much an ode to the lost art of contemplation as it is to Florence--a city where every moment is different from every other moment.
The Paintings and Frescoes in the City That Invented Art, 1250-1743
Author: Ross King,Anja Grebe
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers
This is the most comprehensive book on the paintings and frescoes of Florence ever undertaken, with more than 2,000 beautifully reproduced artworks from the city's great museums and churches-produced in the same manner as BD&L's The Louvre and The Vatican. Every painted work that is on display in the Uffizi Gallery, The Pitti Palace, the Accademia, and the Duomo is included in the book, plus many or most of the works from 28 of the city's other magnificent museums and churches. The research and text are by Ross King (best-selling author), Anja Grebe (author or The Louvre and The Vatican), Cristina Acidini (former Superintendent of the public museums of Florence) and Msgr. Timothy Verdon (Director of the artworks for the Archdiocese of Florence).
With Culinary Excursions in Tuscany
Author: Emily Wise Miller
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
More than a million English-speaking visitors descend on Florence annually, but few venture beyond the usual circuit of tourist restaurants to experience authentic Tuscan cuisine. This updated guide to the best gourmet restaurants and off-the-beaten-path locales offers in-depth profiles of the spots Florentines themselves treasure. Arranged by neighborhood for easy navigation, THE FOOD LOVER'S GUIDE TO FLORENCE is the single essential companion for travelers, students, and expats. The only travel guide devoted solely to the food of Florence and Tuscany, including 100 restaurant reviews and tips for everything from reading the menu to wine selection. Updated with the newest ristorantes, trattorias, enotecas, gelato shops, and open-air markets. Florence is the second most-visited city in the world. From the Trade Paperback edition.
The Art Lover's Guide to Understanding Symbols in His Paintings
Author: Stefano Zuffi,Philippe Daverio
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
How is it possible that an artist who lived over four centuries ago is still seen today as an icon of modernity? The answer must be sought in his works; this is where we will grasp Caravaggio's aesthetic pursuit. His is a simple, non ideal, art. He observed without prejudice, hewing close to the truth of things. And in just under twenty years he transformed painting, instilling in it a strong penchant for realism and showing the way to a very innovative use of light. In short, his was a revolutionary art, one which continues to fascinate laypeople and experts alike to this day. The curators of the exhibition, which will take place in Rome in the spring of 2010, asked some of the world's preeminent Caravaggio scholars to share their feeling and insights about their favorite works by the artist. The result is an original catalogue of great rigor yet expressed in deeply human and richly subjective tones. The works are from museums all over the world and include Saint John the Baptist from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; and the Musicians from the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Shop and Eat Like a Florentine, Revised Edition
Author: Louise Fili,Lise Apatoff
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Shop and eat like a Florentine with this newly updated pocket-sized guide to the best of the magnificent Tuscan city known for its art, culture, and cuisine. Celebrated graphic designer and self-described Italophile Louise Fili, with connoisseur of all things Lise Apatoff, takes you on eight walks through Florence, discussing more than seventy of the city's most alluring shops—some run by the same families for generations, others offering young entrepreneurs' fresh interpretations of traditional techniques. Discerning travelers will discover rare books and charming hats, vintage Pucci and handmade shoes, cioccolate da bere (drinkable chocolate), colorful buttons, and bolts of rich silk fabric in this enchanting introduction to makers and purveyors of cloths, home decor, accessories, specialty foods, and much more. For each shop, there is a full-color photo, description of specialties, and information on location and hours of operation.
Author: Eve Borsook
`Richly informative, an admirable piece of historical writing -- offers lively interest wherever it is opened'YORKSHIRE POST
Best Destinations, Hotels, Events, and Advice to Please Your Pet-and You
Author: Kelly E. Carter
Publisher: National Geographic Books
National Geographic’s ultimate resource for traveling with your furry friend features hundreds of dog-friendly places to pamper your pooch, from doggie daycare to canine couture. Special features include walks you can take with your dog, insider tips from local pet parents on how to best enjoy their area with a pup, and sidebars detailing unique opportunities for coddled canines, such as winery hikes in California wine country. New York Times bestselling author and pet parent Kelly E. Carter, and her beloved longhaired Chihuahua, Lucy, give you the inside scoop on pet-friendly hotels and restaurants, beaches, parks, and dog runs, plus the lowdown on events for four-legged visitors and dog-friendly attractions. A detailed introduction discussed everything you need to know when taking your pooch on vacation, including the lay of the land for road tripping and flying cross-country. From Sanibel Island, FL, to Whistler, BC, from Montreal QC, and Nantucket, MA to San Francisco, CA, The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel showcases 75 of the best pet-friendly vacation destinations across the U.S. and Canada.
Art and Architecture
Author: S. Bietoletti,Antonio Paolucci
Publisher: Hf Ullmann
There can be no doubt about it: this is a magnificent achievement. The illustrated volume Florence: Art and Architecture combines interesting and easily understood texts with an abundance of opulent color illustrations into a first class cultural experience. Prominent Florentine scholars and museum directors accompany the reader on a journey to the unique artistic treasures of this city on the Arno. The experts introduce superb historical buildings and sculptures in their historical contexts, and as "insiders" lead you through world famous painting galleries such as the Accademia and the Palazzo Pitti. Over 500 high quality illustrations, often over more than one page, as well as thematic essays on book illumination, the art of the goldsmith and the treasures of the Medicis round out the text. Whether as an especially beautiful gift or to grace your own bookshelves, this exceptional book is a bibliophile's jewel, and at the same time an enthralling art guide through one of the most gorgeous cities in the world.
How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture
Author: Ross King
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Describes how a fifteenth-century goldsmith and clockmaker, Filippo Brunelleschi, came up with a unique design for the dome to crown Florence's magnificent new cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore, in a dramatic study set against the turbulent backdrop of Renaissance Italy.
Art, History, Collections
Author: Gloria Fossi
Publisher: Giunti Editore
The Uffizi Gallery in Florence is one of the oldest and most famous art museums in the world. First commissioned as offices for the Florentine magistrates by Cosimo de Medici, it is now houses some of the world¿s most outstanding works of art. This superb volume offers a comprehensive, detailed, and informative look at the entire exhibited collection of the Gallery ¿ from masterpieces such as Botticelli¿s The Birth of Venus and Caravaggio¿s Medusa to many works of classical sculpture. The Uffizi Gallery also provides readers with an insightful look at the gallery¿s origins and history, as well as discussions about ongoing restoration efforts, and biographies of selected artists.
A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History
Author: Robert Hughes
Presents a history of the Roman empire that provides coverage of an extensive range of topics from its government and architecture to its influence on culture and politics, sharing personal insights from the author's 1958 visit.