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A beloved tribute to Florence that blends history artistic reflection and keen social observation Renowned for her sharp literary style essayist and fiction writer Mary McCarthy offers a unique history of Florence from its inception to the dominant role it came to play in the world of art architecture and Italian culture that captures the brilliant Florentine spirit and revisits the legendary figures—Dante Michelangelo Machiavelli and others—who exemplify it so iconically Her most cherished sights and experiences color this timeless graceful portrait of a city that's as famous as it is alluring


10 thoughts on “The Stones of Florence

  1. says:

    I loved reading this book It is not meant to be a travel guide at all but I would highly recommend it for anyone planning to see Florence It is a long and very well written essay about every aspect of Florentine life As you read through the leisurely chapters you get a wonderful mixture of history Medicis literature Dante art Botticelli architecture Brunelleschi and social commentary from someone who lived there and truly appreciated this amazing cityThis book has inspired me to learn about Florence


  2. says:

    Mary McCarthy wrote this work of Art History on Renaissance Florence Part Art History part travel tour I enjoy her wit and sarcasm She is a fun guide on some pivotal art history


  3. says:

    A rollicking highly informative biography of Florence McCarthy touches upon everything current day she's writing in 1956 Florentines tourists architecture art politics wars rulers religions There's so much packed into 230 pages that one reading isn't enough unless you are already an expertThis excerpt where she talks about the Mannerists a subset of Florentine artists gives you a taste of her learned snark Iridescent or opaline colour used by Andrea del Sarto for religiose effects of light and shade became the specialty of the Mannerists who loved the two tone effects now found chiefly in sleazy taffetas popular with home dressmakers for an ungainly girl's first 'formal' orange turning yellow flame turning red lavender turning rose Il Rosso's Rosso Fiorentino colour is garish than Pontormo's In his 'Madonna Saints and Two Angels' in the Uffizi the principal personages are all dressed in 'shot' textiles The Madonna is wearing a two toned pinky purple dress with peach coloured sleeves Saint John the Baptist has a Nile green shoulder throw and a mauve toga Saint Jerome's bare ancient shoulders shrunken neck and ferret like head are emerging from what is best described as an evening stole in dark grey iridescent taffeta The mauves peaches and purples are reflected like a stormy sunset on the flesh of the holy group clawlike hands have red transparent fingers as if they were being held up to the sun or to an infernal fire A simpering rouged idiot Child sits on the Madonna's lap The eyeholes of the Child the Madonna and the red winged Angels are circled by blackness like melting mascara their reddened purpled features are smudged and blurred and the whole party appears intensely dissipated or lunatic a band of late roisterers found at dawn under a street lamp Other sacred paintings of Il Rosso like the 'Moses Defending the Daughters of Jethro' also in the Uffizi suggest again the half carnival atmosphere of an insane asylum or of a brothel during a police raid


  4. says:

    I read this book at the same time as The Food of France by Waverly Root and came to the same conclusion about both of themessential reading about the places best digested in small bits here and there not read cover to cover Both from the library so I'll buy both and enjoy them for yearsBoth written in the late 50's rich with Floretine and French history art and food sprinkled with tidbits many of us don't know about the historyculturefoodart of both places


  5. says:

    Very useful for thinking about the 14th century and its role in shaping the Renaissance and Florence generally This has a lot of good insight into Florence's history and character for want of a better term and the ambivalences and frequent turn arounds which mark its cultural evolution It also runs on a little long on a number of the frescoes which gets to be tedious reading Glad to have read it but got bogged down in spots


  6. says:

    Sometimes you want to be somewhere other than where you are but lack the funds to make it so This stream of consciousness for lack of a better description romp through Florentine history and art history fills the void Don't try to make it something it's not just read and imagine the people while googling the art


  7. says:

    This book is tells us almost as much about the author’s sometimes acerbic views as it does about Renaissance Florence The art layout is great and the style of writing informative with witty asides on politics personal details and pleasurable in its erudition The writer was a friend of Hannah Arendt an unapologetic intellectual and a fighter for the truth


  8. says:

    1950s intellectual's version of light travel reading erudite eccentric perspective Does for Florence what Edmund White later does in his books on Paris Read it while in Florence and sort of wish I'd finished it before I got there so I could have seen the city through McCarthy's eyes


  9. says:

    What A Fabulous Book And Story


  10. says:

    Intellectual history of Florence and its arts for the traveler up through 16th Century Written with a panache that is usually missing from the History section of your typical Guidebook I don't know if there is a coffee table edition of this book reproductions of the paintings mentioned would have helped If I ever spend any serious time in Tuscany ie weeksmonths I would definitely consult this book again