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The Mermaids of Venice: Fantastic Sea Creatures in Venetian Renaissance Art (Studies in Medieval and Early Renaissance Art History)

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ISBN-13: 978-1905375455
ISBN-10: 190537545X
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Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Medieval and Early Renaissance Art History (Book 58)
  • Hardcover: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Harvey Miller Publishers (September 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190537545X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905375455
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,819,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was fortunate to get this fascinating book and immediately I immersed myself in the magical world of mermaids.

Alison Luchs is indeed a rare scholar of renaissance sculpture, careful yet fearless in her exploratory ways.
You will see a deep appreciation of form and meaning in art which makes art eternal.

If you love art, Venice or Imaginary beings, do not pass by without giving this book deserving attention.
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This book is an absolute delight for anyone who loves those denizens of the intermediary worlds: semi-human beings like mermaids and mermen, fauns, satyrs, and centaurs, inhabiting a zone somewhere between angels and monsters. Venice is the place to meet them, being a sort of intermediary world in itself. So is the springtime of the Renaissance, when these beings ventured out of the bestiaries and Christian legends and took on the rediscovered canons of beauty and proportion.
Alison Luchs has obviously fallen in love with all of this. One can sense the affection, wonder, and nostalgia not far beneath the scholarly surface. She is the perfect guide to Venice, whether you have been there or not, and the book has the advantage of showing you manuscripts and photographing out-of-reach places that most people never get to. As for her interpretations, they are gentle and free from postmodern critical concepts. Dr. Luchs has the rare ability to create a scholarly study that an ordinarily educated and curious person can read for pleasure.
It's astonishing that a book on such a recondite topic can get published by an industry supposedly in crisis, and moreover illustrated with many color plates. Unfortunately it comes at a high price, and most enthusiasts will resort, like this reviewer, to a lending library.
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