Inaugural Vari Symposium: Venice and the Renaissance - Thursday, April 18 | Adobe Lodge
Blake de Maria, Ph.D.,Associate Professor and Chair,
Department of Art and Art History, Santa Clara University
Becoming Venice, Becoming Venetian
Few, if any, early modern European cities boasted a population as racially, ethnically, and religiously diverse as Renaissance Venice, from German merchants living in the Fondaco dei Tedeschi to the Jewish inhabitants of the Ghetto. Focusing on the wealthy elite of that immigrant population and their monumental palaces to pictorial cycles, we examine the artistic patronage commissioned by and associated with rich immigrant merchants who relocated to Venice with the aim of becoming Venetian cittadini, or citizens.
Patricia Fortini Brown, Ph.D.,Professor Emeritus,
Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University
More Noble Than Noble: Pursuing Glory in a Republic of Equals
Inside Venice, showing off?displaying one's personal magnificence?was officially discouraged within the patrician class. But high public office in the terraferma or the stato da mar allowed the noble patrician an opportunity to fashion himself?at least for a time?as a provincial lord, akin to the landed nobility that he encountered there. Service abroad could be not only a stepping stone to higher office, but also a way to become "more noble than noble" through the patronage of art and architecture.