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Before You Go: Venice – Doge’s Palace with Sara Grinzato
Context's Before You Go online seminars are designed for travelers looking to enhance their in-person experiences at famous landmark destinations in cities around the world.
Join a local art historian, Sara Grinzato, as we take a deeper look at the most impressive historical building in Venetian history. This conversation has been designed to compliment Context's Doge's Palace Tour: Politics and Justice in Venice in-person learning experience.
Built as a fortress in the ninth century and rebuilt on its millenarian foundations several more times, what travelers see today is the result of reconstructions that happened in consequence of three disastrous fires in 1489, 1574, and 1577. Like a phoenix, the Doge's Palace in Venice has risen from the ashes–with the clear purpose of representing the glory of the city and the power it was able to establish on the Mediterranean sea centuries ago.
Our virtual visit will begin with an introduction to the complex political structure of the aristocratic republic of Venice, the most long-lasting in the history of humankind. Subsequently, we will discuss the function of the most relevant meeting rooms, where the organs of the State performed their duties and ruled vast areas, including Greece, Crete, and Cyprus. Particular attention will be paid to the artistic decoration of the institutional halls, which include masterpieces by great artists like Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese. Our conversation will conclude with an analysis of some of the Venetian jurisdictional methods, the notorious Bridge of Sighs, and the prisons which were adjacent to the palace.
Led by art historian and conservation expert Sara Grinzato, this interactive discussion will examine Doge's Palace in-depth. Designed to spark curiosity as well as inspire future travels, participants will come away with a better understanding of this magnificent building while appreciating its historical context.
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Sara Grinzato is a professional art historian, conservator and expert in the Venetian art. She is active as an independent scholar, researching on the arts of Venice from the fourteenth to the eighteenth century.