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The Decorative Floors of Venice [Hardcover]

John Julius Norwich , Tudy Sammartini , Gabriele Crozzoli
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6 Sep 2000
The first comprehensive study of the mosaic and tiled floors of Venice.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Merrell Publishers Ltd; English Language Ed edition (6 Sep 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858941083
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858941080
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 31.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 900,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Looking down on Venice 12 Jun 2014
By Tanee58
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Visitors to Venice tend to look up - at the glorious architecture, stunning ceiling mosaics and monuments. What I didn't notice so much, was people looking DOWN. I thought I was alone, until I found this book. The floors of Venice are just as stunning, with elaborate cosmarti paving in many of the older, romanesque churches, beautifully preserved despite the regular floods (some of them have had to be taken up in their entirety and replaced, though you would never know). From the paving of St Mark's Square to the intricacies of the basilica, to the other churches such as Torcello, tracing the history of flooring in Venice from the earliest days to modern times, this book examines a facet of Venice often overlooked, as it lies beneath your feet. And incidentally, a fun game for children who might be bored by 'yet another church', is to get them to look for ammonite fossils in the Veronese marble floor slabs. Some of them are huge! I would say this is essential for any lover of Venice, potential visitors or those who have just returned, like me, hungry to know more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tudy Sammartini 5 Dec 2001
By Ann McGriffin - Published on
I have both of Tudy's books; she also wrote The Secret Gardens of
Venice. In October, I had the honor of meeting Tudy (what a colorful and dramatic character!) in Venice and accompanying her on a private garden tour of this magical city. She truly knows the aesthetic history of Venice and it shows in her books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Decorative Floors of Venice 14 Sep 2011
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I tried to order this book new, but I was told they stopped printing them. The book was used, but in remarkable condition. I am very happy with this purchase from Amazon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous! 10 Jan 2001
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This is a terrific buy. If you never wanted to go to Venice before - you will now! The photographs are outstanding and the text not too boring. An invaluable reference for artists. Thank heaven someone thought to study these ancient floors before they are lost! Supposedly "there is nothing new under the sun", well, I would consider having one of these designs in a new home, if I could find anyone with the patience to complete one!
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