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Seminar Questions
  • How did the economy of Venice evolve during the Renaissance?
  • What was the relationship between economics and politics in Renaissance Venice?
  • What role did guilds play in the economy and society of Venice?
  • How did attitudes to and/or practices of consumption change in this period?
Core Reading

You should each read three of the following items:


Sanudo, Marin, Venice, cità excelentissima: selections from the Renaissance diaries of Marin Sanudo, ed. and trans. Patricia H. Labalme and Laura Sanguineti White (Baltimore, 2008), pp. 227-84.

Indications for Further Reading

Palladio and the VenetoLink opens in a new window. Descriptions and images of all Palladio's buildings (with English translations).

Carpaccio, Miracle of the Relic of the Cross at the Ponte di Rialto, c. 1496