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‘When the Fury of the Proud Sea Re-awoke’: Water, Devotion, and Lived Experience in Renaissance Venice

  • Karen McCluskeyEmail author
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Abstract

Karen McCluskey’s chapter “‘When the Fury of the Proud Sea Re-awoke’: Water, Devotion and Lived Experience in Renaissance Venice” uses an array of hagiographic sources, both written and pictorial, to determine the extent to which water shaped the way Venetians fashioned and engaged with their holy helpers; to uncover Venetian attitudes towards water; and to understand how Venetians coped with their exceptional ecological environment on a day-to-day basis. Such evidence shows that despite an apparent confidence on the seas, Venetians harboured fears and anxieties in relation to water – fears and anxieties that were met head on by devotion to their contingent of local saints.

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  1. 1.School of Arts and ScienceThe University of Notre Dame AustraliaSydneyAustralia

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