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Il Ritratto di Venezia

Domenico Martinelli (active 1663–1669)
Venice: Presso Gio. Giacomo Hertz, 1684
Printed book
H: 6 3/4 in. (17 cm)
Credit Line:
Presented by Bobby and Allan Weissglass
Accession Number:
911.1. M362
Not on view
Domenico Martinelli's "Ritratto di Venezia" was created in 1684 as a tour book for visitors to Venice. A tremendous amount of detailed information has been packed into this compact, almost pocket-sized volume. As the title states, the work is divided into two sections. Part 1 describes most of the paintings, sculptures, epitaphs, and inscriptions found inside each church in Venice, providing today's reader with a rare picture of the city in the late seventeenth century. Of particular value are the works cited by Martinelli that are no longer in their original location. Part 2 briefly discusses the civic life of the Venetian Republic as well as some of the more notable public buildings and artworks contained therein.

Illustrated: frontispiece

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