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Cradles in the Portego

Nicholas Penny: Renaissance Venice, 5 January 2006

The New Palaces of Medieval Venice 
by Juergen Schulz.
Pennsylvania State, 368 pp., £61.50, July 2004, 0 271 02351 1
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Private Lives in Renaissance Venice 
by Patricia FortiniBrown.
Yale, 312 pp., £35, October 2004, 0 300 10236 4
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... resist telling us about the stone itself as well as what he finds, or does not find, beneath it. Patricia FortiniBrown is by no means interested only in palaces. She takes us round the Renaissance city, shows us where the poor lived and where the Jews were confined, tells us something of how charitable organisations ...

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