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The Italian Legacy in Washington D.C.: Architecture, Design, Art, and Culture Hardcover – February 12, 2008


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Luca Molinari is a practicing architect and Professor of Architecture at the University of Naples. He is the author of Massimiliano Fuksas: Works and Projects 1970–2005, published by Skira in 2005. Max Mackenzie, a Washington, D.C.-based photographer who specializes in architectural subjects.
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  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Skira (February 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8861303048
  • ISBN-13: 978-8861303041
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.9 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,261,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Francesco on March 23, 2008
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Italian influences in art and architecture are evidenced throughout Washington D.C. and its surroundings--from the Roman classicism of the Jefferson Memorial to the Brumidi frescoes adorning the Capitol, from the mosaics and stone carvings in local churches, to the Italianate villas and gardens at Dumbarton Oaks and Monticello. Yet, the story of the enormous artistic impact Italians have had on our area has been largely overlooked.

A new, glossy, large-format book titled The Italian Legacy in Washington, D.C.: Architecture, Design, Art and Culture, recently unveiled at the Italian Embassy, addresses that oversight by exploring the richness of Italian influences and contributions to our nation's capital. In a preface that includes remarks from officials, such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi, Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty and Italian Ambassador Giovanni Castellaneta, the Ambassador writes, "Italian immigrants were there when America was struggling for independence, and Italian workers, craftsmen, architects, engineers, sculptors, stonecutters, painters and artisans have been a constant presence ever since."

All aspects of the Italian imprint on the Washington D.C. area are covered in the book's two dozen chapters. Each chapter is devoted to a detailed examination of Italy's presence in, for example, the U.S. Capitol, the Watergate complex, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello estate, the new Italian Chancery, Holy Rosary Church, and numerous other sites.

The book is a visual feast of historic drawings and sketches, as well as stunning photographs by Max Mackenzie, a Washington, D.C.-based photographer who specializes in architectural subjects.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tyler Scott on November 30, 2011
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The photography is excellent, but there is little meaningful substance beyond that. The book covers many buildings and attractions with noticeable Italian influence, but neglects scores of others that are of equal or greater significance. The text makes for light reading, and is suited for someone not terribly interested in the details and the depth of knowledge available. In short, buy it for the pictures, not the content.
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