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Picturing the Venetian State: Celebrations of Dogaressa Morosini and Doge Grimani

November 29, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Kristin Huffman

Festivals Lecture

What: Picturing the Venetian State: Celebrations of Dogaressa Morosini and Doge Grimani
When: November 29, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Where: 120 Elmer L. Andersen Library
Who: Kristin Huffman, Duke University

Presented by the James Ford Bell Library with support from the Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World

About the speaker

Kristin Huffman
Kristin Huffman

Kristin L. Huffman is a Lecturing Fellow in the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke University. Her current research focuses on the uses and configurations of space for the visual arts, the topic of her book project Visual Rhetoric and Spatial Dynamics in Early Modern Venice. In it, she examines the intentional construction of visual systems with independent monuments, their alignment with urban spatial phenomena, and the deliberate ordering and presentation of knowledge and ideologies.

Her interest in lost urban experiences and reconstructing transformed or demolished spaces and ephemeral events led her to work with Wired! at Duke as well as the international collaborative Visualizing Venice/Visualizing Cities. For the latter, she curated a section of the exhibition related to festivals and ceremonies for Water and Food in Venice: Stories of Venice and the Lagoon held at the Ducal Palace in 2015, and most recently curated the exhibition A Portrait of Venice: Jacopo de’ Barbari’s View of 1500 at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke, what will form part of a permanent re-installation at the Correr Museum in Venice, Italy.

She is currently editing a volume dedicated to this subject that will be published by Duke University Press. For the ongoing project on de’ Barbari’s View she has received awards from the Kress Foundation, the National Endowment of the Humanities, and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

About the lecture

Doge Marino Grimani (1595-1605) and Dogaresa Morosina Morosini were a major force in the art patronage of the Early Modern world. Their artistic commissions promoted a prevailing image of the strength of the Venetian Republic and its ruling patriciate at a moment of diminished international power and shifting class identity for the State. This presentation contextualizes the many representations that focus on Morosina, including her lavish Coronation as Dogaressa in 1597, in addition to those of Marino Grimani as her companion. Considered collectively, portraiture commissioned by them, including state celebrations they sponsored, offer visual documentation of the renewed self-fashioning within the patrician class that occurred in the sixteenth century. Their politically driven imagery underscores the fundamental role of women in the preservation of the Venetian Republic, a visible record of sixteenth-century legislation.


November 29, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120
222 21st Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States