An Artist in Venice by Adam Van Doren

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For the depiction of Venice by artists, it's a high bar that's been set, but Adam Van Doren, grandson of the Pulitzer-prize-winning poet Mark Van Doren, convincingly confronts the competition in this charming memoir, a verbal and visual account of his love affair with the city. His story is personal; like all other artists, he sees the city with and through his own eyes, but he is also well-informed historically. He laces his tour with information, opinion, and citation. With Van Doren as guide, the reader's tour of the city is rich and convincing, filled with the presence of illustrious predecessors.

With an informed preface by the scholar Theodore Rabb and a charming foreword by Simon Winchester, with 23 full-color drawings by the author/artist, and even six pages of commendably lucid notes on the personalities and structures discussed, this is a book that will proudly take its place alongside the many others that have celebrated this city for centuries.

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Adam Van Doren studied architecture at Columbia University and painting at the National Academy of Design. He was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome, and has taught at the Institute of Classical Architecture in New York. He has exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., among other institutions, and his work is included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Yale University Art Gallery, The Addison Gallery of American Art, The Princeton University Art Museum, and The Wads­worth Atheneum, among others.
Published January 15, 2013 by David R. Godine, Publisher. 128 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Arts & Photography, Travel. Non-fiction

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Architect and artist Van Doren offers a love letter to Venice in this elegant and slender volume, and he sings his praise to the city through majestic prose and 23 beautiful watercolor paintings of Ve

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