We proudly announce "Italian Excellence in Arts & Siences", a new series of cultural events and lectures curated by Dr. Francesca Bortoletti and organized by the Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis / St. Paul.
Inaugural lecture: "The Aesthetics of Water: How Venice Conquered the World" by Dr. Patricia Fortini Brown, leading specialist in the art of Renaissance Venice (Princeton University).
When we think of Venice, we think of a city in the sea, surrounded by water, as depicted in Jacopo de Barbari’s woodcut map of 1500, one of the treasures in the collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art. And yet, before the modern era, the city had no source of fresh water other than the rain from heaven or barges from the mainland. This lecture addresses how Venetians rose to the challenge by creating a unique genre of public art: the Venetian wellhead. It addresses as well a different challenge that came with the expansion of the Venetian empire: the gift of running water and the need to harness it. Again, the Venetians seized the initiative and created fountains that transformed urban spaces from the Terraferma to the Stato da Mar into places of encounter and aesthetic delight.
ICC Members: $5 (free for lifetime/contributing and corporate levels)
ICC Non Members: $10
This lecture is co-presented with the Minneapolis Institute of Art and made possible by the support of the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.