Author(s): Jacques Boulay
"Monumental Venice" presents breathtaking panoramic views of Venices famed monuments and historic sites, as well as little-known gems. Covering many fascinating styles and periods, it features bustling Piazza San Marco, watery churches and abbeys, such as San Giorgio and Il Redentore, tranquil isolated squares and unfrequented districts, and marble palazzos lining the Grand Canal. Straddling the horseshoe-shaped Grand Canal, and viewed from the lofty campaniles of San Marco and San Giorgio, Venice is an apt subject for the panoramic photographer, and in Jacques Boulay the City of the Doges has found a talented heir to Venices well-known photographic tradition. Venice seamlessly melds old and new, the Gothic Ca dOro and Peggy Guggenheims outstanding museum collection, the ancient Palazzo Pisani-Moretta and the riotous 1920s Hispano-Moorish delirium of the Lido. Boulays achingly beautiful photographs make it evident that Venice is far more than a collection of historic buildings, sixteenth-century fish markets and public squares; its numerous secret gardens, canals and quiet waterways make it one of the most verdant cities in Europe.
Venetians are both urban and urbane, and Boulay reveals the brightly hued fishermans houses of Burano, picturesque covered passages and cul-de-sacs, and the legendary Caffe Florian, where generations of Venetians and visitors partake of Negronis or Americanos. The panoramic vision of Jacques Boulay makes age-old Venice young again.