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Book illustration in Venice

Publishers in eighteenth-century Venice produced many printed books with fine illustrations. As well as Smith’s Pasquali press, Venice had long been home to many other important printing presses, and several of Venice’s best-known artists including Giovanni Battista Piazzetta and Antonio Visentini worked as illustrators for these publishers. They produced luxury editions of classics aimed at the lucrative European market.

Published by Giovanni Battista Pasquali, Venice

Bibliotheca Smithiana

Andrea Palladio (1508-80)

I qvattro libri dell'architettvra

Antonio Visentini (Venice 1688- Venice 1782)

Plan and elevation of the Redentore