Venicescapes is committed to promoting a greater understanding of Venice's historical and cultural importance and of its artistic and architectural heritage through ongoing, scholarly research.  This research, conducted at the pre-eminent centers for Venetian studies, uses a multi-disciplinary approach in order to investigate the manner in which various political, economic, artistic, social, and religious forces all came together to create individual monuments and works of art.



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Studi veneziani
LXXIII (2016)
pp. 15-94


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Custodian of Wisdom:
the Marciana reading room
and the transcendent knowledge
of God

this first-ever complete and detailed study of the twenty-one roundels that comprise the ceiling decoration of the Marciana Library is a fascinating window onto the cultural and political landscape at a critical crossroads in Venetian history.  Conceived to help refashion the Republic's self-image in the aftermath of its most crushing defeat, the decorative program ultimately presents Venice as the ideal Platonic State, founded upon the awareness of a transcendent reality and destined to last in eternity.

published in
Studi veneziani
the international journal of the
Istituto di Storia della Societą
e dello Stato veneziano

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