On Thursday, December 1st at 7:00 p.m., Dr. Francesca Bortoletti's lecture Visualizing Sanudo's Diarii. The Multimedia Festival in Renaissance Venice will focus on the festivals and civic celebrations of Venice, the most successful Italian republic of the Renaissance.
These events were characterized by a distinctive tradition and they were presented with great aesthetic and political success. Festivals commemorated Venice’s victories or alliances and celebrated the coronation of the dogi, marriages, and the passage of distinguished visitors. An erudite Venetian diarist and history, Marin Sanudo, tried to write down everything—from daily life to political events—documenting almost 40 years of Venetian history in 58 volumes. By focusing on Venice festivals as a ‘case study’ of the work-in-progress Digital Archive on Festival in Renaissance Italy, this lecture will present some examples of interrelated textual and iconographic materials, visualizing Sanudo’s Diarii and his narrative. We will observe festivals in relation to the visual and poetical culture in Renaissance Venice, presenting once again the festival as a multimedia event.
Francesca Bortoletti, friend of the Italian Cultural Center, is currently Research Associate at the Center for Early Modern History, University of Minnesota. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Bologna and Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance, Tours. After working at the universities of Bologna and Ferrara, she moved to the US, where she taught and performed at the University of Minnesota and at the Italian Academy at Columbia University in New York, and is a participant in the ERC project Oral Culture, Manuscript and Print in Early Modern Italy, 1450-1700. She is the author of three books and numerous journal articles and book chapters. A fourth book on the heritage of myths in Italian Renaissance festivals is currently in preparation.
This event is free but we ask you to register here
WHEN: Thursday, December 1st at 7:00 p.m. WHERE: 4th Floor Gallery, O. Meredith Wilson Library, University of Minnesota, west bank
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