Venice: The City and its Architecture

A comprehensive account of the urban history and architecture of Venice.

Richard Goy


Price: USD$49.95



About the book

The first ever truly comprehensive history of Venetian architecture, Venice: The City and its Architecture abandons the traditional chronological approach of earlier histories in favour of one that is able to encompass the diverse and manifold influences that have affected the city's development.

The buildings are explored through the unique urban context of Venice. This extensive tome brings to life the best aspects of the city's characteristic topography - changing light, reflective waters and prime geographical position at the crossroads of trade routes to the East. A vast range of buildings is celebrated - from fishermen's cottages to the palazzi on the Grand Canal and from the simplest of early Christian basilicas to Palladio's masterpieces and Longhena's Santa Maria della Salute.

Colour photographs, original plans, contemporary drawings and paintings by the Venetian masters are all combined to reflect the visual wealth of this extraordinary city. The elegance and eloquence of this stimulating book render it as classic as the city whose secrets it reveals.

In The Press
'A handsome volume that far surpasses the routine tributes to "La Serenissima" that appear every season.' (The New York Times)

'Published in 1997, this book immediately became the benchmark. A book that does full justice to the richness and density of the Venetian cityscape - and the design and choice of pictures are exemplary.' (Rough Guide to Venice and the Veneto)

'Wonderfully illustrated.' (The Evening Standard )

'Goy’s beautifully designed Venice: The City and its Architecture…is a master-work…The next best thing to being in the Serenissima.' (The Sunday Times)

'Be transported by…Venice: the City and its Architecture.' (Building)

'Richard Goy’s thorough history certainly fills a gap' (The Architect’s Journal)

'Colour photographs, original plans, contemporary drawings and paintings by Venetian masters combine to reflect the visual wealth of an extraordinary city. With a detailed text, the book is a full exposition of the enduring attraction of one of the world’s greatest and most beautiful cities.' (The Good Book Guide)
'The visual wealth of the city is reflected in this sumptuous book. The text is scholarly yet accessible; the clear layout and beautiful photographs will appeal to lovers of art history, literature and students alike.' (Irish Homes)

'[This book] offer[s] more than a standard overview…in its serious intent to instruct, historian/architect Goya…presents a history of the city neatly entwined with a history of the art…pictures in the inside margins serve to highlight important points, and definitions appear in the margins as well. The spectacular photographs of the city, often taken at unusual angles, are about as far from typical touristy pictures as you can get.' (Library Journal)
'Far more than just a visually lush coffee-table book…elegant volume…Illustrating his extensive text with hundreds of photographs, drawings, paintings, and historical maps and plans.'  (Journal & Courier, IN)
'But surely irresistable is Venice, which has found the book to do it justice in Richard Goy’s Venice: the City and its Architecture.' (The Good Book Guide)

About the author(s)
Richard Goy is a practising architect and architectural historian. He is author of the books Chioggia and the Villages of the Venetian Lagoon, Venetian Vernacular Architecture and The House of Gold as well as Florence: The City and its Architecture, also published by Phaidon.

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