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

  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
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
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
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
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
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
enice's Hidden Enemies: Italian Heretics in a Renaissance City
John Jeffries Martin
Witchcraft and the Inquisition in Venice 1550-1650
Ruth Martin
Painting in Eighteenth-Century Venice
Martin 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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