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Guided Itineraries
suggested reading

To help make your stay in Venice a culturally enriching and educational experience, Venicescapes recommends the following books:


Story of a Mercantile Empire
 
  Venice: A Maritime Republic
Frederic Chaplan Lane
   
  Venice: Lion City
Garry Wills
   
A History of Venice
John Julian Norwich
   
The Genius of Venice
Dial Parrott
   
The Architectural History of Venice
Deborah Howard
   
Venetian Ships and Shipbuilders of the Renaissance
Frederic Chaplan Lane
   
A Short History of Byzantium
John Julian Norwich
   
The New Concise History of the Crusades
Thomas Madden
   
The Fourth Crusade and the Sack of Constantinople
Jonathan Phillips
   
The Travels of Marco Polo
Marco Polo
   
Marco Polo and the Discovery of the World
John Larner
   
The Mongols
David Morgan
   
The Ottoman Empire and the World around It
Suraiya Faroqhi
   
   
A Most Serene Republic
   
Civic Ritual in Renaissance Venice
Edward Muir
   
Myths of Venice: The Figuration of a State
David Rosand
   
Politics in Renaissance Venice
Robert Finlay
   
The Foundations of Modern Political Thought: The Renaissance
Quintin Skinner
   
Venetian Studies
Horatio Robert Forbes Brown
   
Controlling the State:
Constitutionalism from Ancient Athens to Today

Scott Gordon
   
The Machiavellian Moment:
Florentine Political Thought and the Atlantic Republican Tradition

John Greville Agand Pocock
   
The Classical Republicans:
An Essay on the Recovery of a Pattern of Thought
in Seventeenth-Century England

Zera S. Fink
   
The Political Science of John Adams
Correa Moylan Walsh
   
   
A City of Nations
   
The Jews of Early Modern Venice
Robert C. Davis and Benjamin Ravid
   
The Ghetto of Venice
Riccardo Calimani
   
The Jews of Europe and the Inquisition of Venice
Brian Pullan
   
Venetian Narrative Painting in the Age of Carpaccio
Patricia Fortini Brown
   
Likeness and Presence:
A History of the Image before the Era of Art

Hans Belting
   
The Mystical Language of Icons
Solrunn Nes
   
   
The Splendors of Piety
   
Venetian Painting: A Concise History
John Steer
   
Painting in Renaissance Venice
Peter Humfrey
   
Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice
Frederick Ilchman, David Rosand, Linda Borean,
Patricia Brown, andJohn Garton
   
The Altarpiece in Renaissance Venice
Peter Humfrey
   
Rich and Poor in Renaissance Venice
Brian Pullan
   
Piety and Patronage in Renaissance Venice:
Bellini, Titian, and the Franciscans

Rona Goffen
   
   
Custodian of Wisdom
   
  Philosophy in Late Antiquity
Andrew Smtih
   
  The Cambridge History of Renaissance Philosophy
ed. Charles B. Schmitt and Quentin Skinner
   
  The Intellectual World of the Italian Renaissance
Language, Philosophy, and the Search for Meaning

Christopher S. Celenza
   
  Schooling in Renaissance Italy
Literacy and Learning, 1300-1600

Paul F. Grendler
   
  Vittorino da Feltre and Other Humanist Educators
W. H. Woodward
   
   
A New Rome
   
Palladio's Venice:
Architecture and Society in a Renaissance Republic

Tracy E. Cooper
   
Jacopo Sansovino:
Architecture and Patronage in Renaissance Venice

Deborah Howard
   
The Genius of Venice
Dial Parrott
   
Architectural Principles in the Age of Humanism
Rudolph Wittkower
   
Venice Disputed: Marc'Antonio Barbaro
and Venetian Architecture 1550-1600

Deborah Howard
   
The Architectural History of Venice
Deborah Howard
   
Myths of Venice: The Figuration of a State
David Rosand
   
Civic Ritual in Renaissance Venice
Edward Muir
Palladio and Palladianism
Robert Tavernor
   
The Private Palladio
Guido Beltramini
   
   
The Art of Salvation
   
Painting in Renaissance Venice
Peter Humfrey
   
Tintoretto: Tradition and Identity
Tom Nichols
   
Paolo Veronese: A Master and His Workshop
in Renaissance Venice

Virginia Brilliant and Frederick Ilchman
   
The Reformation: A History
Diarmaid MacCulloch
   
The Foundations of Modern Political Thought: The Reformation
Quintin Skinner
   
The Catholic Reformation
Michael Mullet
   
The Counter Reformation:
Religion and Society in Early Modern Europe

Martin D. W. Jones
   
The Refashioning of Catholicism, 1450-1700
Robert Bireley
   
Trent and All That: Renaming Catholicism
in the Early Modern Era

John W. O'Malley
   
Gasparo Contarini: Venice, Rome, and the Reform
Elizabeth G, Gleason
   
Venice's Hidden Enemies: Italian Heretics in a Renaissance City
John Jeffries Martin
   
Witchcraft and the Inquisition in Venice 1550-1650
Ruth Martin
   
   
The Age of Decadence
   
Painting in Eighteenth-Century Venice
Michael Levey
   
The Enlightenment: Studies in European History
Roy Porter
   
The Enlightenment: Brief History with Documents
Margaret C. Jacob
   
The Portable Enlightenment Reader
Isaac Kramnick
   
Italy and the Grand Tour
Jeremy Black
   
Venice and the Grand Tour
Bruce Redford
   
Italy's Eighteenth Century:
Gender and Culture in the Age of the Grand Tour

ed. Paula Findlen, Wendy Wassyng Roworth, and Catherine M. Sama

 

 

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