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Ciao, Carpaccio!: An Infatuation

by Jan Morris

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This was an enjoyable read but repetitive, probably my least favourite thing in a book other than a blatant lack of editing. Morris is clearly not an art historian, which she does discuss, but it's odd that she has received so much praise for her writing when I find it just above mediocre. On the other hand, I am now enraptured by Carpaccio and would love to get a full-sized - or oversized - book with reproductions of his work.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 087140799X, Hardcover)

Jan Morris returns to Venice in this loving tribute to one of the great Renaissance masters.

In the course of writing Venice, her 1961 classic, Jan Morris became fascinated by the historical presence of a sometimes-overlooked Venetian painter. Nowadays the name of Vittore Carpaccio (1460–1520) suggests raw beef, but to Morris it conveyed far more profound meanings. Thus began a lifelong infatuation, reaching across the centuries, between a renowned Welsh writer and a great and delightfully entertaining artist of the early Renaissance. Handsomely designed with more than seventy photographs throughout, Ciao,Carpaccio! is a happy caprice of affection. In illuminating the life of the artist and his paintings, Morris throws in digressions about Venetian animals, courtesans, babies, ships, architecture, and history, and caps it all with thoughtful analyses of Carpaccio’s spiritual convictions. Part biography, part art interpretation, part personal odyssey, and all lots of fun, Ciao, Carpaccio! will no doubt help to rescue the name of a noble artist from its popular interpretation as an item of cuisine. 75 color illustrations

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