The Tombs of the Doges of Venice

from the Beginning of the Serenissima to 1907

edited by Benjamin Paul
Collana: Venetiana, 18
Pubblicazione: Ottobre 2016
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pp. 590, 15x21 cm, bross., 80 tav. b/n
ISBN: 9788867285594
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The splendor of the tombs of the doges has always amazed visitors of Venice. Already in 1484, the German pilgrim Felix Faber noted: “Never have I seen more costly and extravagant tombs. Even the graves of the popes in Rome cannot compare with these.” Indeed, designed by the greatest artists of the Serenissima, these often gigantic monuments belong to the most impressive and beautiful in the entire history of art. This is all the more surprising as the Venetian Republic was opposed to the cult of personality and the doge officially was only the primus inter pares, deprived of many privileges usually reserved for leaders of State.
The tombs pursued multiple purposes, however. They not only commemorated the deceased ruler and facilitated the salvation of his soul. But they also served the doge’s relatives who hoped to profit from his reputation and, moreover, they propagated the political system of the Serenissima. The tombs of the doges, thus, were always also monuments to the State and had to negotiate the tension between private and public concerns. It is the complex interaction between these conflicting interests that accounts for the tombs’ central role in the political system of the Serenissima and explains why the monuments are of greatest importance not only for art historians but also for students of Venetian history and society in general.
This interdisciplinary collection of essays penned by an international group of historians and art historians for the first time traces the tombs of the doges from the beginning of the Republic to long after her demise in 1797. It investigates the tombs from a variety of new and innovative point of views, which facilitate a more complex understanding not only of these monuments but ultimately also of the history of Venice and Italy up until the beginning of the twentieth century.

  • Foreword
  • Benjamin Paul, The Venetian Doges and Their Tombs in the Early Modern Period: Observations on Self-Representation in a Republic
  • Dennis Romano, Ducal Tombs as Family Concerns
  • Judith Ostermann, …quia persona nostra non est nostra sed dignitatis… Körper und Effigies der venezianischen Dogen im Testament, Grabmal und Spannungsfeld von Republik und Individuum
  • Dieter Girgensohn, Per elevaciom de l’anema mia. Testamente von Dogengattinnen aus dem späteren Mittelalter
  • Henrike Haug, Territory and the Tomb: Enrico Dandolo’s Final Resting Place in Hagia Sophia
  • Rudolf Dellermann, Das Grabmal des Dogen Andrea Dandolo (1343-1354). Selbstdarstellung und staatlicher Eingriff in San Marco
  • Tiziana Franco, Pitture e mosaici delle tombe dogali (secoli XIII-XV)
  • Debra Pincus, Venetian Ducal Tomb Epitaphs: The Stones of History
  • Victoria Avery, Material Matters: Bronze and Its (Non-)employment in the Monuments to Venice’s Doges (1475-1625)
  • David J. Drogin, Dialogue of the Doges: Monumental Ducal Tombs in Renaissance Venice
  • Benjamin Paul, Tron’s Two Bodies: The Tomb of Doge Nicolò Tron Between Republican Ideals and Family Concerns
  • Janna Israel, Burial alguno honore: Doge Cristoforo Moro’s Break from Ducal Burial Convention at the Church of San Giobbe
  • Ruth Schilling, Ephemeral Politics: The Funeral Monument of Marin Grimani in San Giuseppe di Castello
  • Giulia Ceriani Sebregondi, Strategie di autorappresentazione nella repubblica dei pares: la tomba del doge Leonardo Donà in San Giorgio Maggiore
  • Florian Horsthemke, Die Korrekturen. Zu den Dogengrabmalen der Mocenigo in Santi Giovanni e Paolo
  • Benjamin Paul and Jan May , The Last Ducal Tomb: The Long History of Sebastiano Venier’s Final Resting Place from Lepanto to the Italian-Turkish War of 1911-1912
  • Bibliography
  • List of Illustrations
  • Picture Credits
  • Contributors
  • Index of Names
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