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Monumental Venice presents breathtaking panoramic views of
Venice’s famed monuments and historic sites, as well as
little-known gems. Covering many fascinating styles and
periods, it features bustling Piazza San Marco, watery
churches and abbeys, such as San Giorgio and Il Redentore,
tranquil isolated squares and unfrequented districts, and
marble palazzos lining the Grand Canal. Straddling the
horseshoe-shaped Grand Canal, and viewed from the lofty
campaniles of San Marco and San Giorgio, Venice is an apt
subject for the panoramic photographer, and in Jacques
Boulay the City of the Doges has found a talented heir to
Venice’s well-known photographic tradition. Venice
seamlessly melds old and new, the Gothic Ca’ d’Oro and Peggy
Guggenheim’s outstanding museum collection, the ancient
Palazzo Pisanti-Moretta and the rioutous 1920s
Hispano-Moorish delirium of the Lido. Boulay’s achingly
beautiful photographs make it evident that Venice is far
more than a collection of historic buildings,
sixteenth-century fish markets, and public squares; its
numerous secret gardens, canals, and quiet waterways make it
one of the most verdant cities in Europe. Venetians are both
urban and urbane, and Boulay reveals the brightly hued
fisherman’s houses of Burano, picturesque covered passages
and cul-de-sacs, and the legendary Caffè Florian, where
generations of Venetians and visitors partake of Negronis or
Americanos. The panoramic vision of Jacques Boulay makes
age-old Venice young again.
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