- Hardcover: 375 pages
- Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art; English Ed edition (March 30, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0300124309
- ISBN-13: 978-0300124309
- Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 9.4 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,294,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Venice and the Islamic World, 828-1797 Hardcover – March 30, 2007
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The range of art work presented was amazing and of course the show stopper was the illustrated manuscript
from a very early version of Marco Polo's book " Description of the world "
Mr. Carboni and the other curators should be proud of the achievement. Also they were responcible for the first public showing of what would become the PBS Emmy nominated documentary " In the footsteps of Marco Polo "
which chronicaled the two year expedition of Francis o'Donnell and his colleague Danus Benitful , who were the first and only team in history to retrace the entire 25.000 mile journey of Marco Polo , from Venice to China and back, without flying ! Their book and film of that name is avalible here on amazon and everwhere else !
Particularly today, it is important, as well as healthy, to sustain appreciation of these ancestral collaborations because they are weaving of the fabric of our contemporary cultures. In the book and the exhibit, it is easy to feel the curiosity and respect each of these cultures has for the other. They are drawn to one another's differences rather than being repelled by them.
Although the cover artwork of the English language version differs from the other language versions of the exhibit publication, the content is either parallel or the same - something I could not verify since I am limited to speaking primarily English (more and more, feeling this is a handicap in today's global culture). This particular book, I'm told, accompanied the same exhibit when it was in New York. I don't know how well it was received there - but in Venice, it was magical!
I highly recommend this book and would hope that somewhere in the world, there would be a place for the marriage of these cultures to find a more permanent home. The expression of the cultures working together, dancing and weaving their way through the marketplace of ideas, theology, and trade is something that should not be lost. This book teaches us that we have much to learn from cultures different from our own - whichever culture this may be. This curiosity should not close down with the end of an exhibit's run.