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The Splendor of Cuba: 450 Years of Architecture and Interiors [Hardcover]

Michael Connors , Brent Winebrenner

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Book Description

Oct. 4 2011
An unprecedented tour of stunning and architecturally significant Cuban palacios, mansions, and private homes that have been meticulously preserved, previously un-photographed, and inaccessible to visitors. At a time when more travelers are rediscovering Cuba, this lavishly illustrated volume offers a different view of the island’s cultural achievements. It presents not the Cuba of Castro’s era, with its derelict buildings and peeling paint, but the opulent world of the Spanish Creole aristocracy of the colonial period, with its Mudejar craftsmanship and baroque palacios, the sugarcane plantations (ingenios) and coffee plantations (cafetales), and classically inspired grand mansions. Exceptional preservation work has kept these villas in the magnificent state in which they were first envisioned.
The photographs, shot exclusively for this book, show examples in each area of the island-from the interiors and exteriors in Havana, Santiago de Cuba, Santa Clara, Cienfuegos, and Pinar del Rio to close-up details of courtyards, balconies, galleries, balustrades, grilles, and louvered doors in Trinidad, Matanzas, and Holguin. One featured home is Finca Vigia (“Lookout House”), the former residence of Ernest Hemingway.            
 

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (Oct. 4 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847835677
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847835676
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 28.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #205,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"At a time when hope is in the air that travel to Cuba may soon be possible again for average Americans, The Splendor of Cuba... offers a different view of the island’s culture." ~Cuba News

About the Author

Michael Connors, an expert in Caribbean antiques, is a contributor to numerous publications, including Art & Antiques, Antiques and Fine Art, and The Magazine Antiques. He has written many books, including British West Indies Style and Caribbean Houses: History, Style, and Architecture.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing portrait of Cuba's many faces Oct. 17 2011
By Josephine L. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A successful piece of art presenting Cuba's fascinating culture. The author created such a vivid picture of all the different areas on the island, it's difficult not to fall in love with this country and it's rich history. The book takes you on a journey through some of the most amazing villas ever seen... Having the opportunity to get such detailed insight to Cuban homes and culture is very rare and a privilege. Thanks to the author for sharing this magnificent view of Cuba and its architecture and history! In addition, the book is very well organized, photographs are exceptional and the research behind all text is impressive.

This book does more than simply entertain and have the label of a coffee table book - it leaves you mentally richer.

A desirable edition for every private library.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!! Oct. 17 2011
By Sima - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book provides a great insight into the hidden beauties of Cuba. The author is interested and knowledgable of the area and it shows in his writing. This is definitely another masterpiece in the line of books produced by Michael Connors. He takes the time to engage the reader with beautiful pictures along with outstanding facts. The book flows from cover to cover and is a definite must buy. I cannot wait to visit the places mentioned in this book for our next vacation.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Cuba Dec 15 2011
By Lilly Ford - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Lately there has been a growing interest in publishing books detailing the splendor of Cuba's architectural heritage. This new publication is nothing short from being a visual feast. The book is thick and full of large fully colored photos revealing the different eras of Cuban architectural heritage. The photos are accompanied by a thorough and engaging text that explains each era and its specific features. Thus, placing the beautiful buildings illustrated into their social and historical contexts. This book succeeds both as a beautifully illustrated reference as well as a stunning coffee-table book, highly recommended.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Overview Nov. 13 2011
By Mia Morelli - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I just finished reading this book and found it to be a terrific overview of the historical architecture in Cuba. The text may have been a little light, but for someone such as myself who only wants to know the basics, it was perfect - and the abundance of rich photography more than made up for it. This will definitely have a permanent home on my coffee table.
29 of 41 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Photographs Lacking Organization Oct. 9 2011
By I. Martinez-Ybor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book by Michael Connors, published by Rizzoli, has pretty photographs, well reproduced. However, I find it very disconcerting. It is overwhelmingly a coffee-table, pretty-picture book, but the pictures don't seem to follow any ordering whatsoever, chronological or thematic...... obviously some of the 1950's stuff is reserved for last but there's not much of it. It's a very disoriented book. It does have pictures from "el interior" (provincial Cuba) whereas most photo-books on Cuba tend to be Havana centered. Nonetheless, I suspect though the photographers are different, there is some duplication with what already exists, without the book offering compensating virtues. Some of the disconcerting aspects of the book include the indiscriminate use of after-Castro (AC) and before-Castro (BC) nomenclature for locations, e.g. in spots the author refers to "Cubanacán" without further explanation, and in others to "Country Club." Well, it is the same location, only AC the former, and BC the latter. I did learn that the official name of el castillo de La Chorrera was "Fuerte de Santa Dorotea de Luna de La Chorrera," but the author then goes on to say that it is at the mouth of the La Chorrera river. Well, unless he knows something that all Cubans who had to cross that river BC and AC well know, that river has been río Almendares as far as anyone remembers. I wonder what other surprises are buried in there.

Most infuriatingly, as one goes from page to page, one has no clear idea why photographs follow one another, and indeed, where on the island one is. Is there any point about art, architecture or history being made by the photos being displayed? How do the photos relate sequentially to each other? To me, this is a most serious shortcoming. All told, this book seems a rather intellectually slipshod job, with superficial research but pretty pictures, and, most annoyingly without organizing focus.

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