World History & Culture

The Genius of Venice: Piazza San Marco and the Making of the Republic

An ideal volume for lovers of Venice and architecture aficionados, combining in-depth history of this singular city with more than 100 color photographs and maps. Of Venice’s many majestic spaces, none is as evocative and significant as the Piazza San Marco. An authoritative account of the development of the entire piazza complex, through which unfolds the history of the Republic in general, The Genius of Venice celebrates the city’s oldest and most important architectural site. Dial Parrott’s view of Venice is a heroic one. From their lagoon, the bold and calculating Venetians forged a city that stands today not merely as an attraction for millions, but as a testament to architectural genius: the epitome of what we now call New Urbanism and a shining example of Western communal art. Enhanced by more than 100 illustrations, The Genius of Venice presents the magnificent edifices of the piazza as, in the words of John Ruskin, the "living books of history" of this iconic urban environment.

About The Author

Dial Parrott is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Virginia who has worked as a journalist, teacher, and lawyer. He lives in Connecticut.

  • Publish Date: September 03, 2013
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: History - Europe - Italy
  • Publisher: Rizzoli Ex Libris
  • Trim Size: 7 x 10
  • Pages: 414
  • US Price: $40.00
  • CDN Price: $40.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-4053-3


“Parrott’s multifaceted, historical work allows readers to grasp the evolution of Venetian self-identity from the early Middle Ages to the Age of the Renaissance in an immediately apprehensible form.”
“The Genius of Venice
is a brilliant book that blends the art, politics, social and cultural history of Venice through a masterful and engaging account of the development of Piazza San Marco. Dial Parrot’s skillful interweaving of research from different periods and disciplines heightens the experience, as if reading several books at once, brought to life with the immediacy of a modern thriller. The Genius of Venice is an ideal volume for lovers of Venice and architecture aficionados, featuring an in-depth history of this singular city.” ~Italian Tribune

“After two decades of lengthy and thorough research and seven years of writing, Parrott successfully delivers one of those most unique books dedicated to the complex history and establishment of la Serenissima…Parrott’s presentation of Venice is interesting since he depicts Venice more from a Mediterranean point of view, than a European perspective, thus offering a different mindset of Venice’s beginnings and rise to glory…clear and descriptive writing transports the reader to Piazza San Marco. Even if you’ve never been to Venice Parrott takes you there. Be careful, once you’re done with the book, you’ll be booking your plane ticket to Venice.” ~Ambassador Magazine