MARIA I ANDRZEJ SZYPOWSCY, „TRYLOGIA STAROMIEJSKA” Wyd. Fundacja Artibus, Warszawa 2005
MARIA AND ANDRZEJ SZYPOWSKI, „THE OLD TOWN TRILOGY” Ed. Fundacja Artibus, Warszawa 2005
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For the past fifty years Maria and Andrzej Szypowski have delighted us with their magnificent publications, many of which are about Warsaw. The first in a series of books inviting the reader to visit the oldest part of the city is the album Gdy wchodzisz w progi Katedry... (As You Enter the Cathedral...). The successive “Warsaw” publication – Gdy wchodzisz na Stare Miasto... (As You Enter the Old Town...) – reminds us that the year 2000 marked the twentieth anniversary of the introduction of the Warsaw Old Town onto the UNESCO World Heritage List. A following volume in the series in question is entitled Gdy wchodzisz na Nowe Miasto... (As You Enter the New Town...). The inimitable style of all the publications has been achieved by combining outstanding and precise information with lavish illustrations, and by presenting not merely historical monuments or the story of their reconstruction but also by depicting the connections between Old Warsaw and the life of the town’s residents. Extraordinary skill and remarkable sensitivity are required to convey the local atmosphere by resorting to word and image. The three volumes have reappeared under the joint title: Trylogia Staromiejska (The Old Town Trilogy). Issued in a smaller and more convenient format, they are available in a decorative box and accompanied by a supplement – Tablice Pamięci (Memory Tables). This fusion of particular parts of the series into a whole produces an ever more distinct awareness of impressive variety and an excellent selection of illustrations composed not only of photographs but also numerous reproductions of engravings, paintings and drawings. Many photographs have been published for the first time. Compared with earlier iconography, they depict transformations affecting space and architecture, as well as the daily life of this most ancient fragment of Warsaw.
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