Piazza San Marco

Piazza San Marco

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Piazza San Marco is a dynamic open space organically connected to the buildings which frame it. It shows how much is lost if the ensemble is divided into the individual structures of Doges' Palace, Basilica of San Marco, Campanile and so on, each 'marvellous' in their own right but functionally separate. Here a different story is told by relating them to each other and to the theatrical piazza of which they form a part; it sees the events that took place there as a barometer of 1,000 years of Venetian history. It recreates not only rituals of the past but also the activities of the present - from the coronation of the Doge and the arrival of the Crusaders' loot, through the pathetic collapse of the Republic, to Death in Venice and the legendary Pink Floyd concert of 1989 - all taking place in an iconic space which the writings of traditional historians have left dead and silent.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 144 x 202 x 28mm | 322.05g
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1861978707
  • 9781861978707
  • 1,881,477

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[Readers] will find much to enjoy in this elegant and informative little book, which focuses on the historical and cultural center of Venice, the Piazza San Marco...The changing face of the square over the ages and the evolution of the social rituals and practices carried out on its premises form the core of this authoritative treatment, but [Fenlon] also provides valuable commentary on what to see and do when visiting the square.--Brad Hooper"Booklist" (09/15/2009)show more

About Iain Fenlon

Iain Fenlon has a chair in the history of music at Cambridge.show more

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