J.G. Links

I have always viewed Venice through the eyes and writing of Hugh Honour’s Companion Guide to Venice, first published in 1965 and of which I still have, and use, the second 1967 edition. As a result, I have never paid attention to J.G. Links’ Venice for Pleasure, first published in 1966, of which I have long had, but never read, the second 1973 revised American edition. In setting off to Venice and wanting to explore Castello, I was quickly hooked by its great historical and visual expertise. He and his wife, Mary Lutyens, always stayed at the Danieli. In the introduction to himself which he quirkily provides at the beginning of the book, he says that two of his half dozen friends in Venice are the doormen at the Danieli. In walking one round Venice (he reduces Venice to only four walks) he is brisk, very matter-of-fact, attentive to the need to stop for a cup of coffee and extremely knowledgeable in a lightly worn way, able to quote Coryat and keen on Carpaccio and Canaletto, but not Canova or modern art.

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2 thoughts on “J.G. Links

  1. Juliet Wrightson says:

    So glad that you have found this. I used to give it to first time visitors to Venice. Later I appreciated his expertise, as a furrier, to identify the furs in the paintings that he knew so much about. I feel that he was somewhat looked down upon by professional art historians.

    • Yes, I think that could be right, because he was self-trained and nicely and admirably straightforward about how to look at paintings (and just a touch disparaging himself about the theories of professional art historians).

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