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This course will introduce you to the glorious melting pot that was Renaissance Venice: the most cosmopolitan, stylish, flamboyant metropolis in the whole world at that time.
Marrying influences from the Islamic and Byzantine world with northern European and Italian traditions, Venetian culture was unlike any other. Our exploration will range from the glittering gold mosaics and icons in the Basilica of Saint Mark to the marble-encrusted palaces lining the Grand Canal, from the suggestive atmosphere of Giovanni Bellini and Giorgione to the virtuoso brushstrokes of Titian and Tintoretto. All expressions seem to stem from the unique conditions of this most unlikely of cities, built on water yet steadfast and prosperous.
The first session lays out the unique setting, history, and culture of Venice. Unlike Rome and Florence, Venice was not an ancient Roman foundation, and antiquity was not a defining influence on local artistic and building traditions. Rather, key monuments such as the Basilica of Saint Mark and the Ducal Palace reflect the city’s status as a bustling center of trade, hinge point between Europe and points east.
City and country were interdependent in Venetian culture. The same wealthy nobles who owned magnificent residences within the city also owned rural villas on the mainland: glorious dwellings that doubled as working, income-generating farms. In this way Venice, the floating city, was in fact deeply rooted in the surrounding territory.
Like architecture, painting in Venice stood out as a unique fusion of influences. Conservative, even backward in the late Middle Ages, by the High Renaissance Venetian art had become the most innovative in all of Europe, both in terms of technique and subject matter. In this session we will trace this development as it culminates in the work of Titian, who rose to be an international sensation—his fame and reputation closely tied to that of Venice itself.
This program will take place on July 29, August 5, and 12 from 1-2 pm ET. Sessions will be recorded and available for later viewing by those who register.
Online programs:An access link will be emailed to you after purchase.
In-person Talks, Concerts and other full-capacity performances:Adults must be fully vaccinated in order to attend these events. Your vaccination status will be checked upon arrival.
In-person adult and children's classes:Please wear a mask unless you are fully vaccinated. Your vaccination status will be checked upon arrival.
Jessica Maier is associate professor of art history at Mount Holyoke College. She is the author of Rome Measured and Imagined: Early Modern Maps of the Eternal City, published by University of Chicago Press, and her articles have appeared in The Art Bulletin, Renaissance Quarterly, and elsewhere. Maier holds degrees from Columbia and Brown Universities and is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome.
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