Art History 338

The Art of Venice

The Monument List

The Monuments List

Jacobello del Fiore.
Justice between the Archangels Michael and Gabriel. Detail (center)
Venice, Gallerie dell'Accademia. 1421.

Course Description

Course Lectures and Schedule

On the Papers
News About Venice
Books on Venice : Art and Architecture
Venice in Fiction
Art and Architecture of Venice

Venice Described

Movies of Italian Renaissance or Baroque Interest

The Monument List

Satellite photo of Venice
Satellite photo of Venice, the Lagoon, and part of the Terraferma If you really, really look you can see the Causeway--the road/bridge connecting Venice to the Mainland.

Here will be list the various works of art and scenes from Venice, further elucidated with scattered pearls of wisdom. This list will be updated after the lectures.

Week 1

These lectures were intended to give you a sense of the history and geography of Venice. To help with this, you had a short reading from James Morris' Venice. Some images: View of the Palazzo Ducale, the belltower, the Libreria (Library) and the Zecca (Mint) from the Grand Canal.
Short tourist videos of Venice and area Touristical, but has cool dude with a ponytail as the guide.
On San Marco
Interior of San Marco
Acqua Alta in Venice
The Web cam at Piazza San Marco

Week 2

This week we discussed the origins of Venetian painting, considering its roots in Byzantine and International Gothic styles (the first Rona Goffen article will help you on this). We then reviewed the rise of the Bellini family of painters.
A scene from the life of St. Mark by Paolo Veneziano, 1345.
Paintings by Jacopo Bellini Consider also his interest in drawings (his book) and perspective.
Gentile Bellini and the East Small site remaining from the exhibition at the Gardner Museum in Boston.
"A Rediscovered portrait by Gentile Bellini" A short article by Terisio Pignatti, from JSTOR.
Paintings by Giovanni Bellini

Monument to Doge Pietro Mocenigo by Pietro Lombardo Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice, 1476-1481.
On Ss Giovanni e Paolo by an almost unbearably refined "Viscountess." The church is the location of the burial of 25 Doges, and a collection of sculpture and painting over several centuries.

St. Vincent Ferrer altarpiece by Giovanni Bellini. Polyptych located in Ss Giovanni e Paolo.

SS Giovanni Paolo The Scuola di San Marco is the white building on the left; you can see just a sliver of the Scuola di S. Orsola at the right of the church. Most of the piazza space you see around the church complex was formerly a cemetary.
Here is the now-former Scuola di S. Orsola This is where several members of the Bellini family are buried and this is the original location of Carpaccio's Stories of St. Ursula.

Week 3

Week 4

Devoted to anonymous and early architecture of Venice (Tuesday) and the architecture of Mauro Codussi (Thursday), with some consideration of the Lombardo family.

Earlier 15th-century architecture in Venice

Ca D'Oro 1421-1438. Done for the Contarini family; originally gilded. Designed by Giovanni Bon and his son Bartolomeo. It is now a museum/gallery.

Ca D'Oro: the courtyard Over its history the palace was much changed, esp. the interior; it was restored in the late 19th century. The wellhead shown here is original.

Ca Dario Built for Giovanni Dario, a 15th-century diplomat.

Earlier 15th-century architects

Procuratie Vecchie

This was built to provide office space for the Procurators, basically high-level civil servants.

Procuratie Vecchie Begun 1496. Another view.

Detail view.

Mauro Codussi

Mauro Codussi was born ca. 1440 near the city of Bergamo (in Venetian territory) and died in 1504. He introduced ancient Roman (classical) architectural vocabulary into Venice and was also inspired by the work and theories of Leone Battista Alberti. On Alberti, see his completed facade of Santa Maria Novella in Florence, of 1470. See also his design for the so-called Malatesta Templein Rimini. Here is what was actually built. Codussi's buildings are listed more or less in chronological order.
A short article on Codussi This is actually a rather negative book review by the excellent Ralph Lieberman, but contains much information about our Mauro.

San Michele in Isola

Earliest building associated with Codussi; ca. 1469.

Aerial view.

View of the church and chapel

San Zaccaria

Mauro Codussi. San Zaccaria. Begun in 1458 by Antonio Gambello, who died in 1481, having completed only the first level. Codussi finished it in 1483.
Drawing of the facade
Print of the church in the late 17th century by Luca Carlevariijs.
The San Zaccaria altarpiece by Giovanni Bellini.
Thomas Struth's photograph of the interior of the church, showing the Bellini painting in situ

Facade of the Scuola di San Marco

Mauro Codussi. Facade of the Scuola di San Marco. This is next to the church of Ss Giovanni e Paolo and across from Verrocchio's bronze statue to condottiere Bartolomeo Colleoni. Begun by Pietro Lombardo, finished by Codussi. 1485/1495.
Detail of lower story. By Pietro Lombardo.

Santa Maria Formosa

Aerial view of Santa Maria Formosa

Mauro Codussi. Santa Maria Formosa 1492/1502.

Mauro Codussi. Interior An example of Florentine influence in Venice.

Torre dell'Orologio

Torre dell'Orologio. Detail: the clock face 1496/1499. This tower is in piazza San Marco.

Codussi Palaces

Mauro Codussi with others. Palazzo Corner-Spinelli 1490 and later (known to have been finished by 1521). The interior was redone a few years later by Michele Sanmicheli, Giorgio Vasari and Jacopo Sansovino.

Mauro Codussi. Palazzo Vendramin-Calergi 1501/1509. Finished by the Lombardo family.

More Venice Films

From youtube.

Painting: Giorgione and early Titian

Sir Ernst Gombrich on the influence of Giorgione: "From now on, painting was more than drawing plus coloring. It was an art with its own secret laws and devices." From his Story of Art.

Review of an exhibition in Vienna on Giorgione: Apollo July 2004 by Paul Holbertson

Bellini, Giorgione, Titian The NGA Website devoted to this recent exhibition.

E-Book of Giorgione. By Herbert Cook, of 1904. Be warned that some attributions here have been changed.

Giorgione. The Adoration of the Shepherds/Allendale Nativity. Perhaps from later in his career.

Giorgione. The Tempest. Circa 1505.
On Giorgione

Giorgione.Judith with the head of Holofernes Circa 1504. Compare with Donatello's David of sometime from circa 1428 to the 1450s. Also see his: Judith of 1455/1460.

Giovanni Bellini. Feast of the Gods 1514.

Early 16th-century portraits

Giovanni Bellini. Young Woman with a Mirror. 1515. A portrait? Or an ideal woman? Listing in Vienna

Albrecht Durer. Portrait of a Young Venetian Woman. 1505. Painted during his 1505/1506 visit to Venice.

Giorgione."Laura." circa 1506.
Compare withLeonardo da Vinci's Ginevra de'Benci of circa 1474/1476. Listing in Vienna.

Giorgione. An Old Woman/the Artist's Mother She holds a piece of paper upom which are the words: "Col Tempo" (with time). Do you think this is a portrait? Why?

Lorenzo Lotto. Lucina Brembati. Circa 1518.
Something about Lorenzo Lotto

Venetian Influence on Raphael: See here his Donna Velata. Circa 1514/1515. Pitti Palace, Florence.

Palma Vecchio. A Blonde Woman About 1520.

Giorgione. Portrait of a Young Man. Circa 1504. Perhaps G's earliest male portrait.

Lorenzo Lotto A Young Man. 1506/1507, Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum. Listing in Vienna.

Giorgione? Portrait of a Venetian Gentleman. A late portrait? (Not seen in class)

Giorgione. Portrait of a Man. In San Diego, of all places.

Giorgione? Portrait of Warrior with his Equerry A late "portrait", if by him. Remember the paragone.

Titian. Man with a Blue Sleeve Circa 1510.

Titian. Portrait of a Man Circa 1515. At the Met.

Palma Vecchio. Portrait of a Poet (Ariosto?). Another example of the poetic male portrait. About 1516. Not shown in class.

Titian Portrait, most likely of Vincenzo Mosti Circa 1520. Palazzo Pitti, Florence.

Titian. Man with a Glove. Circa 1524. This is the site at the Louvre, where he lives.


16th-century architects

Bartolomeo Bon, Sante and Giulio Lombardo, and Lo Scarpagnino. The Scuola di San Rocco. Begun 1517; work continues until about 1550.



Jacopo Sansovino (1486-1570)

Giorgio Vasari's biography of Sansovino.

A short biography

Some of his sculpture.

Piazza San Marco Renovations begun 1536.

View of the Mint (left) and the Library. The Library. Piazza San Maeco. Begun 1537.
Another view of the Library
On the book and manuscript collection. Images of the library also.

The Mint 1536-1543.
Detail of the Mint.

The Loggetta at the foot of the belltower, Piazza San Marco. Begun 1537, completed 1545.
Another view.

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