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To the Venetians the sea represented a range of associations, both positive and negative, a duality reinforced by biblical texts. The sea was the route to the riches of maritime trade and the way to the Holy Land, and its waters yielded both fish and salt. On the other hand, seafaring brought the dangers of storms, shipwreck, piracy and war. For the artist even the material qualities of the sea brought challenges. Water is both reflective and transparent, and it can be solid (frozen), liquid or gaseous. The swirling eddies, troughs and crests of waves are difficult to depict in a still image. The sea can be dark or light, neutral in colour or brilliantly turquoise. This lecture will consider how artists from the 13th to the 18th century addressed the cultural and visual properties of the maritime world, from the mosaics of San Marco to the seascapes of the Settecento.
Deborah Howard is Professor Emerita of Architectural History in the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge. She is one of the world’s leading experts on Venetian architecture – her Architectural History of Venice (Yale University Press, 2004) is an indispensable guide to the city’s structures from ancient times to the modern day. Other publications include Venice & the East: The Impact of the Islamic World on Venetian Architecture; Sound and Space in Renaissance Venice; Venice Disputed and Proto-Industrial Architecture in the Age of Palladio."
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Tickets: £10 (concessions may apply)
Speakers: Deborah Howard
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND CREDITS
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Cover image credits: Art History in FocusCover image credits: Palazzo Colonna, Rome © Saliko.