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 inquiry, conducted at the pre-eminent centers for Venetian studies, uses a multi-disciplinary approach in order to determine 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.  The decorative program, conceived to help refashion the Republic's self-image in the aftermath of its most crushing defeat, ultimately presents Venice as the ideal Platonic State, founded upon the awareness of a transcendent reality and destined to last in eternity.

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Studi veneziani
the international journal of the

Istituto di Storia della Società
e dello Stato veneziano

 


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Studi veneziani
LXXVII (2018)
pp. 15-171

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Ascent to Wisdom:
the Marciana staircase
and the patrician ideal

This comprehensive analysis of the esoteric symbols and allegories that comprise the Marciana Library staircase traces the first steps in the educational and moral formation of Venice’s future leaders.  Within the philosophical framework of the Neoplatonic ascent of the soul, the iconographic program conveys the concerns and goals of the Venetian government in modeling the character of the ideal young patrician and forging temperate and stalwart rulers, insisting as a conclusion on devotion to family, dynasty, and – above all – patria.

published in
Studi veneziani
the international journal of the

Istituto di Storia della Società
e dello Stato veneziano

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