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Since the end of the second world war, Milan has seen such economic growth and prosperity that it now reigns as one the top global leaders. Milan has transformed itself into the heralded fashion and design capital of the world, providing a luxurious experience to all who populate the city. But the draw continues beyond extravagant culture and magnificant dining--it also provides visitors with unprecedented architecture and the home of Leonardo DiVinci's The Last Supper in the Santa Maria delle Grazie monastery.
Author John Foot brings forth a provocative analysis of Milan, from its days as an industrial powerhouse to the rise of fashion and glamor. Angling his perspectives from those of the media, immigrants, and urban scandal, Foot allows readers an unprecedented look at Milan throughout history.
The Last Supper, a painted curated by Leonardo Da Vinci in the late 1400's, has weathered much erosion throughout its extensive history in the Santa Maria Della Grazie church. While many have attempted to restore this incredible and timeless piece, author Pinin Brambilla Barcilon has been the latest to bring this work back to life, having reconstructed the painting over the last twenty years. This novel is the timeline of her work--providing images and descriptions of her process each step of the way.
This is the first book to focus on the splendid gardens of the villas surrounding Como, Maggiore, Garda, and others. The book is more of an introduction than a landscape history of this district’s horticultural traditions.
Published originally in 1905, this illustrated guide book dutifully transports its readers to this region and into the charming world of the early 20th century travel and transcontinental sensibilities.
As it states in the preference, “The object of these Guides is to indicate all that is really essential and exclude all that is irrelevant.” That said, it is a 19th century Englishman determining the sensible and essential, so the reader does encounter wonderful (and a bit fussy) recommended itineraries.
Tim Parks - who was described in a recent review as "one of the best living writers of English" - has delighted audiences around the world with his finely observed writing on all aspects of Italian life and customs. This volume contains a selection of his best essays on the literature of his adopted country.
This novel, a finalist for the Booker Prize, follows a sorrowful man desperate for the love of a woman with whom he had an affair. In this dark but comical novel, the reader bears witness to the protagonist's frantic and provoking inner-monologue as he travels through Italy in an attempt to regain his former lover's attention.