Venice Sketchbook


Illustrated by Fabrice Moireau, Text by Deborah Howard and Tudy Sammartini
96 pp, 244 mm x 280 mm

ISBN: 978-981-4155-08-3
RRP USD30.00 buy from amazon

Category: Sketchbook & Notebook Series
Theme: Europe

Venice, a mosaic of over 100 islands, many connected by the 400 bridges which span its famous canals, is possibly the most romantic city in the world. It began as a village in the marshes and grew into a formidable sea power, dubbed the Queen of the Adriatic. Now its fading glories - the canals and palaces, monuments and churches - battle with the elements, yet remain breathtakingly beautiful. Artist Fabrice Moireau showcases Venice's grand attractions and hidden charms through his watercolour paintings and pencil sketches.


Born in Blois in 1962 Fabrice Moireau is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts appliques et des metirs d'Art in Paris. His sketchbooks are authentic cultural and ethnographic records of his frequent travels. A great lover of architecture and gardens, he strives in his watercolours to convey the subtle play of light, the atmosphere of a city or landscape. He has illustrated many publications, including Paris Sketchbook and Loire Valley Sketchbooks, also published by Editions Didier Millet, and catalogues for the garden festival at Chaumont-sur-Loire.



Deborah Howard is a Fellow of St John's College, and professor of Architectural History at Cambridge University. Her main research interests are the architecture of Venice and the Veneto, Italian Renaissance architecture and Scottish architecture. Her books include Jacopo Sansovino: Architecture and Patronage in Renaissance Venice, The Architectural History of Venice, Scottish Architecture from the Reformation to the Restoration 1560-1660. Her most recent book is Venice and the East: The impact of the Islamic World on Venetian Architecture 1100-1500, published in 2000. She was until 2000 the chairman of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, and is a board member of the Society of Architectural Historians (USA).

Tudy Sammartini lives and works in Venice. Her principal interests are Venetian history and art. She has worked for the Council of Industrial Design of London and published many articles on architecture and design in Architectural Design, Architectural Review, Elle Decoration and Le Figaro Magazine. Her various publications include Secret Gardens in Venice (1996), Decorative Floors of Venice (2000), and Venice from the Bell Towers (2002).


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