By Philippe Sollers
Jamais ville n'a suscité autant d'attrait et de curiosité que Venise. Il fallait tout le expertise de Philippe Sollers pour nous enchanter une fois encore.
" Venise est une grande aventure historique. Elle peut être aussi une ardour individuelle. C'est le cas ici. Dans ce titre : Dictionnaire amoureux de Venise, je souligne le mot amoureux. Il ne s'agit évidemment pas d'un "guide" (il y en a d'excellents), mais d'une expérience personnelle liée à ma vie d'écrivain. Je suis arrivé là très jeune, j'ai passé chaque année, printemps et automne, beaucoup de temps à marcher, naviguer, regarder, respirer, dormir et m'émerveiller. Venise, voilà son mystery, est un amplificateur. Si vous êtes heureux, vous le serez dix fois plus, malheureux, cent fois davantage. Tout dépend de votre disposition intérieure et de votre rapport à l'amour. L'amour ? Oui, et dans tous les sens : anges et libertinage, structure, peinture, musique, roman, poésie, mais aussi air, pierre, eau, étoiles. Nature et tradition enfin à égalité. Venise n'est pas un musée, mais une création constante. Si vous échappez aux clichés, au tourisme, aux bavardages ; si vous avez réussi à être vraiment clandestin ici, alors vous savez ce que le mot paradis veut dire. Le monde se précipite vers le chaos, l. a. violence, los angeles terreur, los angeles pornographie, le calcul aveugle, l. a. marchandisation à tout va ? Mais non, voyez, écoutez, lisez : voici le lieu magique et futur dont tous les artistes et les esprits libres témoignent. "
In 1482, the Florentine humanist and statesman Francesco Berlinghieri produced the Geographia, a e-book of over 100 folio leaves describing the area in Italian verse, encouraged by way of the traditional Greek geography of Ptolemy. The poem, divided into seven books (one for every day of the week the writer “travels” the recognized world), is interleaved with lavishly engraved maps to accompany readers in this journey.
Sean Roberts demonstrates that the Geographia represents the instant of transition among printing and manuscript tradition, whereas forming a serious base for the increase of contemporary cartography. concurrently, using the Geographia as a diplomatic reward from Florence to the Ottoman Empire tells one other tale. This alternate expands our knowing of Mediterranean politics, ecu perceptions of the Ottomans, and Ottoman curiosity in mapping and print. The envoy to the Sultan represented the aspirations of the Florentine kingdom, which selected to not bestow another hugely valued solid, reminiscent of the city’s popular textiles, yet as an alternative the simplest instance of what Florentine visible, fabric, and highbrow tradition needed to offer.
By Robert Black
The declare, crucial to many interpretations of the Renaissance, that humanists brought a revolution within the school room is refuted in Robert Black's masterly survey, in line with over 500 manuscript tuition books. He indicates that the research of classical texts in colleges reached a excessive aspect within the 12th century, by means of a cave in within the 13th as universities rose in influence.
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Marlena di Blasi seduced readers to fall in love with Venice, then Tuscany, along with her renowned and seriously acclaimed books one thousand Days in Venice and 1000 Days in Tuscany. Now she takes readers on a trip into the guts of Orvieto, an historical urban within the less-trodden area of Umbria. wealthy with heritage and a vibrant feel of position, her story is by way of turns romantic and sensual, joyous and celebratory, as she and her husband look for a house during this urban on a hill—finding person who seems to be the previous ballroom of a dilapidated sixteenth-century palazzo. alongside the way in which, de Blasi befriends an array of colourful characters, together with chefs and counts and shepherds and a lone violinist, cooking her means into the hearts of her Umbrian friends. Brimming with lifestyles and kissed by means of romance, the woman within the Palazzo completely captures the essence of a unique position and provides up a feast—and the recipes to arrange it!—for readers of all stripes.
By Elena Ferrante
The second one ebook, following final year’s My superb Friend, that includes the 2 pals Lila and Elena. the 2 protagonists are actually of their twenties. Marriage looks to have imprisoned Lila. in the meantime, Elena keeps her trip of self-discovery. the 2 younger ladies percentage a posh and evolving bond that brings them shut from time to time, and drives them aside at others. each one vacillates among hurtful put out of your mind and profound love for the opposite. With this complex and meticulously portrayed friendship on the middle in their emotional lives, the 2 ladies mature into ladies, paying the tough rate that this passage exacts.
The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy is a piece through Jacob Burckhardt now delivered to you during this new version of the undying vintage.
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The most sensible Rome has to provide — on your pocket. The Pocket tough consultant to Rome is your crucial advisor to Italy's capital, with the the entire key points of interest, eating places, retailers, and bars integrated in an easy-to-use layout, with a full-color pull-out map.
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By Terry Kirk
This groundbreaking and authoritative two-volume survey is the 1st actually complete background of contemporary Italian structure and urbanism to seem in any language. informed in full of life prose, it recounts greater than 250 years of experimentation, creativity, and turmoil that experience formed the panorama of latest Italy. quantity II: Visions of Utopia, 1900-Present, tracks the improvement of Italy's architectural avant-garde throughout the upheavals of the 20th century. starting with the advance of Italian artwork nouveau - "stile liberty" - and relocating via futurism, fascism, rationalism, and directly to the artistic experimentation of the current day, it explores the paintings of such pivotal figures as Raimondo d'Aronco, Antonio Sant'Elia, Adalberto Libera, Giuseppe Terragni, Pier Luigi Nervi, Gio Ponti, Carlo Scarpa, Aldo Rossi, and Renzo Piano. The structure of contemporary Italy is exhaustively illustrated with infrequent interval pictures, new images, maps, drawings, and plans. With Colin Rowe's Italian structure of the sixteenth Century, it presents an almost whole review of the historical past of Italian structure.