Decorative Floors of Venice

Decorative Floors of Venice
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Tudy Sammartini. Foreword by John Julius Norwich. Photography by Gabriele Crozzoli.

London. Merrell. 2000. English language edition. Hardback, dust jacket. 208 pages. Extensively illustrated throughout with colour photographs. 320 x 255mm (12 x 10"). 1.75kg. English. Near fine; small 1cm scuff to rear of jacket, spine slightly sunned, otherwise an excellent copy.

'Fully illustrated with sumptuous photography throughout, this authoritative account of these decorative floors examines the techniques and materials used - from the external pavements made with white Istrian stone and masegni, blocks of the local grey slate, to the terrazzo alla veneziana, sumptuous designs laid down with chips of marble and precious stones. Many of the floors featured here are inaccessible to the general public; this book represents the first opportunity for a wider appraisal of their beauty and significance. With an extensive glossary of terms used and an exhaustive bibliography, Decorative Floors of Venice spans a broad vista that takes in features as diverse as the floors of St Mark's Basilica and the superb modernist designs of Carlo Scarpa, offering the first comprehensive account of one of the less-well-documented aspects of the city, from the earliest mosaics of the Byzantine and Ravenna schools to those of the present day.' (from the blurb).