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Foreigners Everywhere-Venice through Art

Mondays @ 1 pm ET

  • Starts Aug 5
  • 140 US dollars
  • Online

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"Foreigners Everywhere: Venice in the Eye of the Beholder" Explore how Venice's cosmopolitan heritage informs and illuminates the present. Uncover the vibrant history of foreigners and immigrants in Venice through art, from the city's mythical origins to the Grand Tour to the 2024 Venice Biennale. The “theater of the world and the eye of Italy,” a scholar once described Venice. As the capital of a large multilingual and multi-faith empire, a trading crossroads, and a center of artistic production, Venice represented a microcosm of a world affected by increased global trade and travel. By the 16th century, the lagoon city was a key destination for multitudes of itinerant people, including not only merchants, but also students, artisans, soldiers, tourists, pilgrims, sex workers, and diplomats. Hundreds of people entered and exited the city every day. Uncover the rich history of foreigners and immigrants in Venice through art, from the city's mythical origins to the Grand Tour. Artists used painting, printing, and cartography to depict Venice as a harmonious blend of cultures and a cosmopolitan center. Explore this dynamic artistic production with a Venetian art scholar. Discover how Venice's identity and heritage has long been malleable, dynamic, and consistently shaped through its exchanges with outsiders. This year's Venice Biennale theme, "Foreigners Everywhere" resonates deeply with Venice's historical role as a hub of migration and cultural intersection. The Biennale features art that encapsulates the omnipresence and importance of foreigners throughout history and in contemporary society. This theme underscores how the presence of foreigners has continuously shaped and enriched Venice, making it a microcosm of global cultural dynamics. The course will enhance your understanding of Venice's historical context, providing a foundation to appreciate the contemporary issues addressed in the 2024 Biennale. It will offer insights into how artists have navigated and responded to the challenges of migration, displacement, and cultural intersection, thus deepening your appreciation of the ongoing dialogue between history and contemporary art. We will discuss these topics: - Venice a City of Immigrants: Byzantine Heritage in Venetian Artistic Production - Forging Venezianità: Crafting Venetian Identity - Venice and the North: Albrecht Dürer in Renaissance Venice - Venice and the History of the Grand Tour. - Foreigners Everywhere - 2024 Venice Biennale

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