The Art of Venice: From Byzantium to Biennale
February 1 - March 8, 2023
Bower's Museum, Kershaw Auditorium
Lecturer: Lisa Boutin Vitela
This series explores Venice's improbable rise from the lagoon and tracks Venetian art from late antiquity through today. The series begins with explorations of Venice's early classical and Byzantine connections through the structures of St. Mark's Square. The city's establishment as a political and religious center will be considered through the Doge's Palace and the revolutionary art and architecture of the city's churches. The lectures will pay particular attention to Venice's role as a site of international trade and its growing number of island colonies that provided the city with a significant global perspective. Venice's role in Renaissance and early modern art will be analyzed through a number of artists, including Giovanni Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, El Greco, Canaletto, and Rosalba Carriera. The series concludes with an analysis of Venice's transformation from an independent and politically-powerful republic to an important site on the Grand Tour, a bustling tourist attraction, and its growing importance in contemporary art due to its Biennale.
Canaletto, Entrance to the Grand Canal from the Molo, Venice, 1742/1744, Courtesy: Washington DC, National Gallery of Art. Open access.
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