Dr. Steer's talks on Venice are wonderful. Her love for the city is evident, not least in the obvious care and thought she takes in preparing her lectures. She consistently features delightful and illuminating human touches-- from the text of a pained Doge's prayer to the Virgin, to music played in Venice's churches. She gives insight into the society as it existed centuries ago, bringing Venice alive for me. I always thoroughly enjoy, and learn much from, my time with her.
We now have gained knowledge of the three great plagues that ravaged that great maritime empire, Venice. The plague stratagems developed by governing bodies and populous exemplify a pragmatism and spirituality that was unique to Venice.
Very thorough presentation. Enjoyed it very much.
Enjoyed this articulate and insightful part 1 of 4 part course on Venice and the plague. The visual support is excellent particularly the tour snippets of the city. The detail in statuary or in paintings was also new learning for me and illustrated her points along the way.
This last session of the 4-part course, Venice's Art of Pestilence, rounded out the comprehensive presentation of how the plagues, which impacted Venice centuries ago, influenced art and stimulated the erection of buildings and churches. I was enthralled by Dr. Steer's knowledge in all 4 sessions. This last one covered the reason for and gave tours of the Guidecca's Chiesa del Redentore and the Santa Maria della Salute on the Grand Canal, both awesome structures!!!! (Regarding the latter, I was so excited to learn more about it as I stayed at a hotel right across from it on the Grand Canal 7 years ago and looked at it so much.) This presentation explained well why inhabitants build these during the plagues (1576, 1630) as sites of hope and a plea for help during those drastic times. Dr. Steer's video tours inside with running commentary and details about the external appearances were wonderful. Her added content about the current festivals that take place (minus during our pandemic) was most interesting. And, the finale with the story about the 1989 almost disastrous concert on a floating barge with Pink Floyd was informative about how vulnerable Venice is. I will miss these sessions but aim to re-watch some via the recordings!