There can be no doubt about it: this is a magnificent achievement. The illustrated volume Florence: Art and Architecture combines interesting and easily understood texts with an abundance of opulent color illustrations into a first class cultural experience. Prominent Florentine scholars and museum directors accompany the reader on a journey to the unique artistic treasures of this city on the Arno. The experts introduce superb historical buildings and sculptures in their historical contexts, and as "insiders" lead you through world famous painting galleries such as the Accademia and the Palazzo Pitti.
Over 500 high quality illustrations, often over more than one page, as well as thematic essays on book illumination, the art of the goldsmith and the treasures of the Medicis round out the text. Whether as an especially beautiful gift or to grace your own bookshelves, this exceptional book is a bibliophile’s jewel, and at the same time an enthralling art guide through one of the most gorgeous cities in the world.
Highlights • Architecture, sculpture and painting in Florence from earliest times to the nineteenth century • Important works of art in their historical contexts • Current photographs of all restored historical buildings and artworks • Essays on manuscript illumination and the art of the goldsmith • Comprehensive index