How Islam Shaped Venice with Matteo Gabbrielli

How Islam Shaped Venice with Matteo Gabbrielli


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Venice is a unique city and part of its uniqueness derives from its trading relationship with the Muslim world. Join an expert to discover how Islam played a role in shaping Venice's history and culture.

This conversation aims at introducing the variety of commercial ties that brought Venice to cross the Mediterranean Sea towards its Eastern extremity. In that vast geographic region stretching from Turkey to the Arabian Peninsula, the Venetian merchants found many trading goods that made their fortune among the European courts that were craving for exotic products. Along with those trading goods, mutual knowing came along; the human relationships implied the transmission of cultural values and scientific knowledge.

After a short discussion on how the Venetian state developed its trading network through the Mediterranean Sea, the first section will present the history of Venice's relationships with Muslim people: the Saracens, the Mamluks, and the Ottomans, among others. The second section of the conversation will introduce the life of Muslim merchants in Venice, providing information on their everyday life in the town. The third section will take us through Venice, discovering those buildings and those architectonic details that have been influenced by Islamic architecture.

Examples of Venetian paintings and works of art hosted in the city museums will be used to illustrate each different topic. Led by an expert on Islamic Archaeology, Matteo Gabbrielli, this interactive seminar will provide a general introduction to the relationship between Venice and the Islamic world. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased desire to know more about the multicultural history of Venice.

Originally from Venetian mainland, Matteo has lived in different countries, which sparked his interest in art history and archaeology. He holds a B.A. in Cultural Heritage Preservation and an M.A. in Archaeology from the University Ca' Foscari, Venezia. He specialized in Islamic Archaeology with a thesis on Medieval Egyptian ceramics, focusing on the sherds found at the Italian & Egyptian Center for Restoration and Archaeology (CIERA) in Cairo. Matteo chose to specialize in Islamic Archaeology, due to his personal passion and curiosity for the Islamic World: this particular interest was developed after several travels and stays in different Middle Eastern countries. He works as a freelance archaeologist following projects in different locations of the Veneto and also teaches history courses in local schools. In addition, he continues a close collaboration with the CIERA where he is involved in leading archaeological excavations.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Based on 10 reviews
90%
(9)
0%
(0)
0%
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10%
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K
K.j.
No reflection on the means of cultural influence, just the facts
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S.A.
How Islam Shaped Venice
C
C.
Great seminar with Matteo Gabbrielli !
M
M.
Beautiful presentation! Matteio congratulations!
K
K.
How Islam Shaped Venice