- Edited by Nebahat Avcioglu, Hunter College, CUNY, USA and Emma Jones, University of Cambridge, UK
Cities are shaped as much by a repertoire of buildings, works and objects, as by cultural institutions, ideas and interactions between forms and practices entangled in identity formations. This is particularly true when seen through a city as forceful and splendid as Venice. The essays in this volume investigate these connections between art and identity, through discussions of patronage, space and the dissemination of architectural models and knowledge in Venice, its territories and beyond. They celebrate Professor Deborah Howard’s leading role in fostering a historically grounded and interdisciplinary approach to the art and architecture of Venice.
Based on an examination and re-interpretation of a wide range of archival material and primary sources, the contributing authors approach the notion of identity in its many guises: as self-representation, as strong sub-currents of spatial strategies, as visual and semantic discourses, and as political and imperial aspirations. Employing interdisciplinary modes of interpretation, these studies offer ground-breaking analyses of canonical sites and works of art, diverse groups of patrons, as well as the life and oeuvre of leading architects such as Jacopo Sansovino and Andrea Palladio. In so doing, they link together citizens and nobles, past and present, the real and the symbolic, space and sound, religion and power, the city and its parts, Venice and the Stato da Mar, the Serenissima and the Sublime Port.
Contents: Preface; Introduction, Nebahat Avcioglu and Emma Jones; Section 1 Identity, Space and the City: ‘ Soli deo honor et gloria’? Cittadino lay procurator patronage and the art of identity formation in Renaissance Venice, Allison Sherman; The Sisters Sagredo: passion and patronage in 18th-century Venice, Esther Gabel. Section 2 Drawing, Mapping and Translating Venice: The early history of Jacopo Sansovino’s scheme for Piazza San Marco: a proposal, Paul Davies; Venice 1557: Sabbadino’s city plan, Elena Svalduz; Translatio Longhena Salute: drawings and patrons in pilgrimage between Venice, Rome and Gostyn, Andrew Hopkins. Section 3 Palladio’s Creations and Creating Palladio: The twin sacristy arrangement of Palladio’s Venice: origins and adaptations, Lydia Hamlett; Palladio’s patrons and music. Connections between cultural interests and architecture: the Villa Pisani at Bagnolo, Laura Moretti; How Palladio became famous: Paolo Gualdo and the Republic of Letters, Tracy E. Cooper. Section 4 The Production of Sacred Space: The 17th-century project for the church of San Nicolò del Lido in Venice: liturgical problems and new architectural models in the counter-Reformation, Massimo Bisson; Innovation or afterthought? Dating the San Giobbe retrochoir, Joanne Allen; Venice’s cathedral of San Pietro di Castello 1451-1630, Gianmario Guidarelli. Section 5 Time and Place in the Stato da Mar: The topography of antiquity in descriptions of Venetian Crete, Johanna D. Heinrichs; Jacopo Foscarini, Francesco Barozzi and the oracles of Leo the Wise, Blake de Maria; Becoming a man of empire: the construction of patrician identity in a republic of equals, Patricia Fortini Brown; Bibliography; Index.
About the Editor: Dr Nebahat Avcioglu is Associate Professor of Art History at Hunter College, CUNY, USA. Emma Jones is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History of Art at the University of Cambridge, UK.
Reviews: 'Reflecting Deborah Howard’s own scholarly signature, this volume brings different fields of research -architecture, urban planning, landscape, art, music, politics, religion, society, and gender- into fruitful discussion. The essays collected here testify to the profound influence of Howard’s work on our understanding of architecture in Venice and its empire. Furthermore, they re-interrogate the complex issues that lie at the heart of her writings: interactions of power and culture, of arts and politics, of the transmission of ideas to and from Venice.'
Giorgio Gianighian, Università IUAV di Venezia, Italy
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