Italian Splendor (Hardcover)

Great Castles, Palaces, and Villas

By Wolfe Elsie de, Roberto Schezen, Jack Basehart

Rizzoli International Publications, 9780847826254, 420pp.

Publication Date: June 12, 2004

List Price: 85.00*
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This is a lavishly illustrated tour through fifty magnificent villas and palaces built by the Italian aristocracy. From peaceful country retreats in Tuscany and the Veneto and impressive urban residences in Rome and Siena to fortresslike castles and grand villas in Trieste and Sicily, this book showcases the works of some of the most famous artists and architects of all time. Palladio, Raphael, and Veronese, among others, each contributed to create the most divine and otherworldly atmospheres ever to grace Italian art and architecture. In these pages, one is permitted behind the often imposing gates and facades to get a glimpse of a lifestyle that seems almost unimaginable in the twenty-first century.