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The Exhibits contain the images for use in class lectures and discussions. The Exhibits relate to topics on the syllabus. Students are responsible for learning the works of art and architecture in the Exhibits. Exhibits are for the use of Boston College students and are not available to the public.
This introductory exhibit studies the intertwining of fact and fiction in the history of Venice. Although separating fact from fiction is the task of all historians, historians of Venice face particular difficulty because the complex myth of Venice has been tenacious! It also studies the topography and urbanism of Venice and the Venetian lagoon.
Venice was the longest lasting Republic in the West, beginning with the first doge (duke) nominated in 697 and ending with the invasion of Napoleon's troops in 1797. In 1866, Venice became part of unified Republic of Italy during the Risorgimento.
In the High Renaissance (16th century), the unique circumstances of Venice fostered a competition among its artists, which was a reversal of the communal nature of earlier artistic production. These circumstances included its small but wealthy international society, great artists, the availability of artistic commissions, and the public nature of the sites. Humanism provided the philosophical basis for individual achievement. The main protagonists were Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese.