The Horses of St. Mark's

A Story of Triumph in Byzantium, Paris, and Venice

Charles Freeman - Author

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ISBN 9781468303025 | 304 pages | 12 Aug 2010 | Overlook | 18 - AND UP
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The Horses of St. Mark's in Venice are among art's finest creations-and certainly one with a story like no other. Celebrated historian Charles Freeman, author of the 2009 surprise hit A.D. 381, explores the mysterious origin of the statues and their turbulent movements through Europe over the centuries: in Constantinople, at both its founding and sacking in the Fourth Crusade; in Venice, at both the height of its greatness and fall in 1797; in the Paris of Napoleon, and the revolutions of 1848; and back in Venice, the most romantic city in the world. In this remarkable new book, Freeman shows how the horses came to stand at the heart of European history time and time again.

"Most compelling for devout lovers of art and European history, Freeman effectively and ironically juxtaposes the horses' location (atop a church) with the violence that punctuated their role as 'plundered plunder'" -- Publishers Weekly

"How can famous objects seen daily by millions of tourists, whose long history is well-documented over the past few centuries, retain any mysteries? Charles Freeman eruditely explains how, as he puts those iconic Venetian equine statues under his historical microscope." -- Barnes and Noble Review

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