Fantastic lecture! I want to tour with Sara Grinzato next time I'm in Venice! She has a deep knowledge of Venetian history and art. After the lecture, I signed up for other lectures with her! Great expert Context!
At a good pace and using ample photos of old documents, current pictures, and relevant diagrams, Sara discussed little-known information about the Palace of Justice. Explanation of the function of Chancelleries and the Council of Ten with a tour of the rooms was enlightening. On the darker side, a discussion of the State Inquisition Room and Chamber of Torture was frightening! The closing with the story of Giacomo Casanova and his escape from the Prison House in 1756 was fascinating. A tour of the cells and over the Bridge of Sighs added to this medieval drama. I appreciated the inclusion of some of the art (ceiling views and paintings) of the Palace. As a speaker, Sara was animated and interesting. Unfortunately, sometimes the picture and her speaking was frozen but she tried to address the missing segments.
Great conversation on an aspect of Venetian history that I did not know much about prior to this lecture. Nice connection to other lectures on Venice
Sara was very clear in her explanations. I knew very little about all of the intrigue and secrets that were a part of palace life. Sara kept my interest throughout there presentation. I look forward to seeing this places in person, once again.
It was very interesting and well presented.