By Mary McCarthy
The Stones of Florence and Venice saw are splendidly brilliant and perceptive descriptions of 2 nice Italian towns, informed via their background and artwork, revealing Mary McCarthy to be one in all literature's maximum vacationing companions.
Here she depicts Florence via its tempestuous earlier, from the reign of the Medicis to Savonarola's bonfire of the vanities. Her account is ruled by means of the splendours of the Renaissance - the statues of Michelangelo and Donatello, the structure of Brunelleschi, the work of Giotto and Botticelli - yet she additionally indicates Florence as a dwelling urban with a bustling road competition of sounds and scents. A 'gold idol with clay feet', McCarthy's Venice is a urban of phantasm and spectacle, carnival and trade, entrancing viewers with its grandeur and richness, its mirrored image glittering within the waters of the Adriatic.
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