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Florence : a map of perceptions

Author: Andrea Ponsi
Publisher: Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Many years have passed since architect Andrea Ponsi settled in Florence, and still he feels he does not fully comprehend this mysterious city. His tour of the city is one of continually shifting light and perspective, of stunning symmetry and an even more compelling asymmetry, of sudden transitions from bustling streets to the most perfect silence." "While Ponsi does consider such celebrated sites as the Piazza  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Art
In art
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ponsi, Andrea.
Florence.
Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, ©2010
(OCoLC)703812987
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrea Ponsi
ISBN: 9780813928739 0813928737
OCLC Number: 317574163
Description: 81 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 19 cm
Responsibility: Andrea Ponsi.

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Considering such celebrated sites as the Piazza Santa Croce, the Ponte Vecchio, and the Duomo of Florence city, this book offers a personal view of the city. It notes the city's recurring geometry -  Read more...

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"Reading Andrea Ponsi's book about Florence is like taking a walk with a wise and sympathetic friend who knows just what to say to get you to see what he is seeing. This is the most inviting and Read more...

 
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