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Ciao, Carpaccio! : an infatuation
Morris, Jan, 1926- , author.
First edition.
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London ; New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]
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190 pages : color illustrations ; 14 x 20 cm
"Ciao, Carpaccio! Veteran travel writer Jan Morris hails the Venetian Renaissance painter Vittore Carpaccio in this charming homage to his work. In the course of writing her classic book on Venice, Morris became utterly enchanted with the historical presence of this sometimes-overlooked artist. Now she indulges her infatuation with this handsomely designed and imminently entertaining exploration that ranges from biography to art interpretation to Morris's genre of expertise, personal odyssey. Includes 70 photographs featuring Carpaccio's intriguing work" --
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ND623.C3 M67 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In the course of writing Venice, her 1961 classic, Jan Morris became fascinated by the historical presence of a sometimes-overlooked Venetian painter. Nowadays the name of Vittore Carpaccio (1460-1520) suggests raw beef, but to Morris it conveyed far more profound meanings. Thus began a lifelong infatuation, reaching across the centuries, between a renowned Welsh writer and a great and delightfully entertaining artist of the early Renaissance. Handsomely designed with more than seventy photographs throughout, Ciao,Carpaccio! is a happy caprice of affection. In illuminating the life of the artist and his paintings, Morris throws in digressions about Venetian animals, courtesans, babies, ships, architecture, and history, and caps it all with thoughtful analyses of Carpaccio's spiritual convictions. Part biography, part art interpretation, part personal odyssey, and all lots of fun, Ciao, Carpaccio! will no doubt help to rescue the name of a noble artist from its popular interpretation as an item of cuisine.

Author Notes

Born in 1926, Jan Morris is the author of such classics as the Pax Britannica trilogy and The World, among many others. She lives in Wales.

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Booklist Review

Venice (1961) is one of long-reigning historian and travel writer Morris' most famous books and the impetus for her eccentrically intimate relationship with the early Renaissance Venetian painter, Vittore Carpaccio. In this saucy appreciation, Morris revels in Carpaccio's witty and fanciful reportage of Venice street life in vibrant narrative panoramas, visual travelogues to which she provides lively historical commentary. Of the man little is known, though his name is familiar, having been appropriated by the owner of Venice's Harry's Bar in 1970 for the raw beef dish he invented, which brought to mind Carpaccio's luscious reds. Morris bridges biographical gaps with astute insights into Carpaccio's character based on how tenderly and compassionately he portrayed women, children, and animals. Morris also takes us on a tour of Carpaccio's precisely rendered architecture and delights in his love for the city's pomp and circumstance. With a perfect balance between more than 70 color reproductions and Morris' pithy and revelatory observations, this is a scintillating and mind-expanding celebration of a profound affinity between two consummate artists of magnanimous curiosity, empathy, and mischief.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this ebullient homage to the Venetian artist, Vittore Carpaccio (1460-1520)-today better known for the raw meat dish named for him than his early Renaissance narrative paintings-historian and travel writer Morris (Venice) compensates for her lack of scholarly knowledge and analysis by relying on her lifelong preoccupation with the artist. Though the book will not necessarily further reader understanding of Carpaccio, it provides a convincing picture of Morris's devotion to her "friend." "Mine is an eccentrically intimate relationship with Carpaccio," Morris writes, "and there is one of his pictures in which I like to think he addresses me almost as an accomplice." However, Morris is resolute in her determination to understand the artist through his paintings and make thematic connections among his oeuvre. Carpaccio has signature symbols that Morris deems the Carpaccio turban, the Carpaccio hat, the Carpaccio horse, among others. Her observations are driven by an aficionado's intuition, and her sources are sparse, but her enthusiasm is unrivaled and the book will surely delight her many fans. 75 color illus. Agent: Caroline Dawnay, A.P. Watt (U.K.) (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.