101 Places in Italy: A Private Grand Tour by Francis Russell

By Francis Russell

"The writer has completed the close to impossible...a must-squeeze-into-hand-baggage or the again pack."—House and Garden

"A minor classic."—The instances Literary Supplement

This own, and fantastically well-informed, choice of the main lucrative cities, towns, villages, and person monuments in Italy is the definitive guidebook for the discerning visitor. the writer has been traveling Italy, for research, for paintings, and for excitement, for over fifty years, and is the best significant other if you need to know approximately greater than the most obvious attractions.

As good as comprehensively protecting the best attractions within the significant vacationer facilities of Rome, Florence, Venice, and in other places, Francis Russell discusses and describes the missed, or little-known, masterpieces which are nonetheless to be came across the size and breadth of the Italian peninsula. In a ebook that might train and astonish the professional as without doubt because it will consultant and tell the first-time customer, the writer chooses and explores palaces and gardens, urban squares and lonely church buildings, frescoes and altarpieces, nice museums and tiny ruins that jointly offer a richly textured portrait of a rustic the place the heritage and styles of civilization lie extra thickly than wherever else on earth.

This publication will immeasurably improve and increase the visitor's adventure of the main visited nation on the earth, by means of advantage of its sensitivity, its knowledge, and its deep wisdom, and by way of its vibrant, eloquent, and unique exposition.

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Among the components of the collection are the pictures acquired by the pioneer of the art of attribution, Giovanni Morelli, including one of Bellini’s most perfect Madonnas. Naturally artists who worked in the city are well represented: Andrea Previtali and Giovanni Cariani; Lotto with his beautiful, if truncated, Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine and the wonderfully animated predella panels of 1516 from his great altarpiece in the church of San Bartolommeo in the lower town; Moroni with a dozen of the portraits that record the patrons of mid-sixteenth century Brescia and Bergamo with such determined objectivity; and his early eighteenthcentury successor Fra Galgario with some two dozen canvasses, including the refreshingly unsentimental Young Painter.

Milan, as the capital of the Cisalpine republic, received a not ungenerous proportion of the spoils looted by the French from elsewhere in Italy – and because the city reverted to Habsburg rule in 1814 there was no question of restitution. The religious houses of Lombardy were despoiled – the Brera’s holding of Lombard masters is unrivalled – as were those of Venice. qxp_Italy 16/12/2013 01:06 Page 35 6 Milan ble Montefeltro altarpiece and a group of Crivellis only outshone in the National Gallery at London; and from Città di Castello in Umbria, Raphael’s peerless early Marriage of the Virgin.

Qxp_Italy 16/12/2013 00:37 Page 30 30 101 Places in Italy: Lombardy 5 PAVIA PAV I A ’ S R I S E was due to her position near the confluence of the Ticino with the Po and at the junction of major Roman roads. Conquered in 572 by the Lungobards, or Lombards, she became the capital of their kings. The Visconti established their signoria in 1359 and founded the university two years later. Already overtaken economically by Milan, Pavia was nevertheless of continuing strategic importance, and it was outside the walls that King Francis I of France was captured in 1525 by the forces of Emperor Charles V.

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