'Venice isn’t just the most painted city in the world, it is probably the most written about too. Finding a fresh angle from which to view it is a challenge. Gayford’s answer is to understand the city and its history through the splendid and varied art it has inspired. Packed with potted histories and informed anecdotes, this is a tome to pack on a visit to La Serenissima'
Waldemar Januszczak, Art Books of the Year, The Sunday Times
'Clear, vividly well written and deeply original ... a very bold, far reaching analysis of this much discussed city ... to offer an original perspective on this important city is a very significant achievement'
David Carrier, Counterpunch
'Engaging, sumptuously illustrated … This is the present influencing the past and vice versa, living history'
Country & Town House
'A compelling portrait of Venice capturing the work of great painters from Titian and Canaletto to Monet and Turner'