Item description for Venice Extraordinary Maintenance by Gianfranco Pertot & Sarah Quill...
This book is the first informed overview of the restoration Venice has undergone in the last two hundred years, from the Austrian occupation to today. A great deal changed after the Fall of the Republic in 1797; how much is not realized by its visitors. Readers of this book will never look upon Venice's streets, houses, and canals in the same way again.
This book is a sobering, informative, critical history, both sympathetically and caustically explaining the viewpoint of the nineteenth-century restorers and illustrating to devastating effect how the same mentality continues to this day. One special virtue of the book is to explain to English-language readers what would otherwise be the impenetrable secrets of modern Italian building legislation and practice.
It is essential reading for those concerned with conservation worldwide, but also for lovers of the city who would like to gain a better idea of the reality of the numerous works of "extraordinary maintenance" to which the city continues to be subject.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 7.25" Height: 10" Weight: 2.05 lbs.
Release Date Aug 30, 2005
Publisher Paul Holberton Publishing
ISBN 1903470129 ISBN13 9781903470121
Reviews - What do customers think about Venice Extraordinary Maintenance?
Unique book Mar 18, 2007
On my last visit, I became very curious about the layers of preservation, restoration, rennovation and new construction in Venice, especially as it related to the environmental forces that have always protected and battered the city. I couldn't quite make sense of it. But this book puts the construction trends & repair philosophies in a timeline -- Pertot's examples and detail are priceless, fascinating, and extremely enlightening -- even if this is your field. It is written by a preservationist, so it's highly opinionated. But it's also extremely wide-ranging and thorough -- so you can easily make your own conculsions. If you want to understand the particular physical structure of Venice, this is the best place to start. Great photos, too!