Multicultural Venice: Foreigners in Renaissance Painting with Erika Cornali

Multicultural Venice: Foreigners in Renaissance Painting with Erika Cornali


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Venice has always been a multicultural city and overseas visitors, merchants and traders were a common presence in town. Many Venetian artists represented Moors, Turks, and other foreigners in their artworks. But what do these particular individuals tell us about the society of the Serenissima? This conversation will use a carefully curated mix of artworks from the time to explore various aspects of historical Venice to broaden our awareness of the overseas presence in Venice.

As it was one of the main trade centers in Medieval and Renaissance Europe, Venice was a bustling marketplace visited by merchants from many different countries. Foreign communities were also an important presence in town, with established neighborhoods and communities. Renaissance artists like Bellini, Carpaccio, Tintoretto, and Veronese painted Moors, Turks, and other foreigners in their scenes: we will observe their artworks to discuss the relationship with “the other” in the Venetian society of the time.

Led by one of our Venice experts, Erika Cornali, this interactive seminar will analyze aspects of politics, society, and art in historical Venice. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the multicultural nature of Venetian society.

Originally from Genoa, Erika moved to Venice ten years ago to study Oriental languages at Ca' Foscari University, where she graduated with a thesis on Japanese art and architecture. She has a keen interest in the art and history of Venice and worked for some important cultural institutions, such as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, where she was in charge of special events, and the National Oriental Museum at Ca' Pesaro, where she studied and cataloged part of the collection. Her time at the Guggenheim collection sharpened her knowledge of contemporary art, which she continues to study. She is now a licensed tourist guide for the city of Venice.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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