A monography on the work of baroque architect Baldassarre Longhena (1598-1682), author of the church of Santa Maria della Salute in Venezia. Alessandra Chemollo, constitutes the unpublished iconography of the volume.
The volume is the result of the research conducted by the australian scholar Andrew Hopkins, it returns the figure and the work of the Venetian sculptor and architect Baldassarre Longhena. Disciple of Scamozzi, of which he completed the Procuratie Nuove in San Marco square in Venezia, Longhena with his work deeply signs the character of the Venezia of the seventeen-hundred century. Besides the church of Santa Maria della Salute, his most representative and popular work, he planned for the lagoon city, the churches of Scalzi and of the Ospitaletto, the facades for the Scuola dei Carmini, the great stairs of San Giorno Maggiore, and among the civilian buildings, Ca’ Pesaro and Ca’ Rezzonico, both on Canal Grande. The volume recovers the life and the sculptural and architectural work of the architect, returning through a rich photographic equipment, the great qualities of inventor and set designer, attentive to the plastic use of the material and of light.