Italian Art Glossary: An Illustrated Journey through the main Characters, Symbols and Styles of Italian Art

Prof. Veronica Santini

DATE: 20th August 2018
TIME: 9:00 – 12:00 am
LOCATION: Crociferi Fountation, Venice

How would you define the word “Art”? This is the starting point of this journey through the main symbols, styles and characters in Italian Art, from A to Z. As I consider Art one the most powerful forms of communication, and as the differences between the Western and the Eastern world, under many points of view, are so profound, the aim of the lecture is offering an overview of the most significant elements of Italian Art, therefore giving the students a tool to identify and decode this new “language”.

For a very general overview of Italian Art:

  1. Bussagli Marco, Italian Art. From the origins to the present day, Giunti, 2009.

For an overview of Renaissance Art:

  1. Evelyn Welch , Art and Society in Italy 1350-1500 (1997) or Art in Renaissance Italy 1350-1500 (2000) Oxford History of Art

For further information on Greek mithology:

  1. Edith Hamilton, Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes
  2. Richard Buxton, The Complete World of Greek Mythology

LECTURE 2 – Venice, the floating city

Hints on Art, Misteries and Curiosities


Prof. Veronica Santini

DATE: 21st August 2018
TIME: 14:00 – 16:00 pm
LOCATION: Itinerant lecture in Venice

“[…] Venice, the eldest child of liberty.

She was a maiden city, bright and free;

No guile seduced, no force could violate;

And when she took unto herself a mate,

She must espouse the everlasting sea. […]”



The words of the famous eighteenth century Romantic poet William Wordsworth celebrate the deep, inescapable bond between Venice and the sea. A city that rises above the water and that, at the same time, pays constant tribute to this element.

The aim of this lecture is to unfold, like a treasure map before the eyes of curious travellers and scholars, Venice’s secret history and hidden lore. Through original images and interesting stories, scour the waterways and be enlightened by the words of well-known writers and art-historians on some of the main aspects of Venice art. Discover its traditions and mysterious toponymy in a virtual tour of the floating city.

  1. Bomford D. and Finaldi G., Venice through Canaletto’s Eyes, National Gallery and Yale UP 1998
  2. Goethe J.W., Italian Journey, Penguin 1970
  3. Grundy M., Venice, The Anthology Guide, London 2014
  4. Links J.G., Venice for Pleasure, Pallas Athene 1994
  5. Morris J.A., A Venetian Bestiary, Thames and Hudson 1982
  6. Rynalds J.T., Venetian Stories, Anchor 2004
  7. Scarpa T., Venice is a fish, Feltrinelli, 2000