Palazzo Ducale, facade, det. (photograph by Marjorie Och)

Palazzo Ducale, facade, det. (photograph by Marjorie Och)

Venice is an extraordinary city — for its art, history, political institutions, social reforms, entertainments, noble goals, cuisine, music, industry, and extremes. The work produced this semester by students in ARTH 470z: Venice, explores some of these topics and will, we hope, urge readers to consider the city as something other than a tourist destination.

Venice is a watery surface, and as such we might consider how the city offers a reflection of our world today. Perhaps more than any other single city, Venice has been engaged with matters of globalization through commerce, trade, and military exploits that make us pause and wonder at its tenacity and history of brilliant successes and tragic failures. Venice also reminds us — if we need reminding — of how fragile is the relationship between ourselves and our environment.

Prosperity, global relations, conflicts between religious groups…early modern Venice and the stones, bricks, timbers, and waters on which this city is built have a great deal to teach us‚Ķif we stop to look and listen. This is a complex history.

Our work on Venice has taken us on a journey from the foundations of the city in the 5th century, through the realities of its own myth and legend, to the city today and tomorrow as we anticipate the 2009 Biennale.

Caitlin Vance, “Venice and the East: The Facade of San Marco”

Katherine Ahrens, “Titian’s Altarpieces: Color, Innovation, and Invention”

Jessie Busch, “Titian’s Venetian Venuses”

Katherine Despagni, “Early Modern Venetian Clothing”

John Eskeland, “The Myth of Venice in the Architecture of Jacopo Sansovino”

Ross Haley, “Confident Anxiety: History Painting in Sixteenth-Century Venice”

Samantha West, “Venice, Politics, and Printing: Responses to the Reformation”

Avian Spiller, “Veronica Franco: Courtesans and Venuses”

Stephanie Grimes, “Tasso and Tiepolo”

Nicole Faison,”The Everyday Masquerade”

Janice Daul, “John Ruskin: The Adopted Venetian”

Teresa Duncan, “Conservation of Venetian Building Materials”

Jessica Dalrymple, “Andrew Fisher Bunner: An American in Venice

Venice Biennale

Caitlin Cocco, “Venice Biennale: An Artistic Institution”


The exhibit had beautiful pictures and great information that I didn’t know about Venice and the arts and the artists, it also has interested me to make sure I travel to Venice….ASAP!!!

Thank you for the lovely exhibit and the excellent articles accompanying the artworks. I lived in Venice for several years and it is a joy to be reminded of its unique glories. I was particularly pleased to see the wonderful description and “reading” of Titian’s Assumption of the Virgin from the Frari. Eccellente! Mille grazie!

I am a Hollins graduate (1970, when both schools were all-female) and have really enjoyed browsing through this online compilation and exhibit! A friend asked me for recommendations in Venice for his upcoming trip and I remembered being taken to see The Assumption (Titian) and how the walk there and the experience of the church and altarpiece and other art & sculpture there changed enriched my one-day experience of Venice. Thank you for keeping this class’ work up for more to enjoy and benefit from all the work you all did so long ago! Aug 2017.

Dear Ms. Teller, Thank you for your kind comment. It’s been wonderful to work with students on this online project about such an incredible city! I hope you’ll visit our other exhibition websites…and look for future ones, too! Thank you. Marjorie Och, Professor of Art History

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