Venice: The Doge's Palace with Sara Grinzato

Venice: The Doge's Palace with Sara Grinzato


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Art Historian Sara Grinzato will lead this conversation about the most relevant historical building in Venetian history. Built as a fortress in the 9th century and rebuilt on its millenarian foundations more times, what we see today is the result of reconstructions that happened in consequence of three disastrous fires in 1489, 1574 and 1577. As a phoenix, it raised back from its ashes, with the clear target of celebrating the glory of the city and the power it was able to establish on the Mediterranean sea over the centuries.

The visit will start with an introduction to the complex political structure of the aristocratic republic of Venice, the most long-lasting in the history of humankind. Subsequently, we will discuss the function of most relevant meeting rooms, where the organs of the State performed their duties and ruled vast areas, including Greece, Crete, and Cyprus. Particular attention will be addressed to the artistic decoration of the institutional halls, which include masterpieces by great artists like Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese. We will conclude with an analysis of some of the jurisdictional methods, the notorious Bridge of Sighs and the prisons.

Led by art historian and conservation expert Sara Grinzato, this interactive discussion will examine Doge's Palace in-depth. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a better understanding of this magnificent building while appreciating the historical context behind it.

Sara Grinzato is a professional art historian, tour guide, and conservator. The Veneto villas have been one of her major fields of research for years, especially as far as the 18-century decoration is concerned. She can boast a number of publications on Venetian Villas and above all on the Riviera del Brenta from the 16th to the 19th century.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.