Baroque Venice, most typically, refers to a span of time between c.1600 and c.1750 in which literary, pictorial, theatrical, religious, and governmental activity reached a zenith of creativity. In addition to this definition, however, we should also think of the Baroque as the superlative of the excessive and the bizarre, specifically as it relates to the conception Venice had of itself between 1500 and its fall in 1797.
Apart, the words “Baroque” and “Venice” each have an undeniable allure. Baroque, sometimes figured as a time period, at other times a style, names vast collections of artworks of exceeding complexity and grandeur designed to pack an affective wallop in the heart, mind, and spirit of spectators. Venice, Europe’s oldest independent Republic whose life span stretched nearly a millennium from the eighth to the end of the eighteenth centuries, boggles the senses of its visitors with its canals and...
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