San Marco, Byzantium, and the Myths of Venice

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The church of San Marco of Venice has long played a central role in Venetian political, ceremonial, and religious life. Its renowned assemblage of mosaics, sculpture, metalwork, and reliquaries are, in origin, Roman, Byzantine, Venetian, or Venetian imitation of Byzantine designs. In San Marco, Byzantium, and the Myths of Venice, the authors assess the significance of the embellishment of the church and its immediate surroundings, especially during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, when most of the ...
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The church of San Marco of Venice has long played a central role in Venetian political, ceremonial, and religious life. Its renowned assemblage of mosaics, sculpture, metalwork, and reliquaries are, in origin, Roman, Byzantine, Venetian, or Venetian imitation of Byzantine designs. In San Marco, Byzantium, and the Myths of Venice, the authors assess the significance of the embellishment of the church and its immediate surroundings, especially during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, when most of the Byzantine material was acquired, largely from Constantinople. The church and its decoration are studied in relation to Venice’s interests abroad and on mainland Italy. The authors address the diverse styles, sources, meanings, and significance of this art, both individually and as an ensemble. Building upon developments in scholarship since Otto Demus’s masterly studies of the church, the book offers new insights into the inspiration, purposes, and mutability of San Marco and the myths that inspired and motivated Venetians.
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Henry Maguire is a former Director of Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks and Professor of Art History at Johns Hopkins University

Robert Nelson is Robert Lehman Professor of the History of Art and Medieval Art and Architecture at Yale University.

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Table of Contents

Plan Of San Marco

Acknowledgments

Introduction 1

1 Disiecta membra: Ranieri Zeno, the Imitation of Constantinople, the Spolia Style, and Justice at San Marco Robert S. Nelson Nelson, Robert S. 7

2 The History of Legends and the Legends of History: The Pilastri Acritani in Venice Fabio Barry Barry, Fabio 63

3 The Aniketos Icon and the Display of Relics in the Decoration of San Marco Robert S. Nelson Nelson, Robert S. 91

4 Fashioning a Faªade: The Construction of Venetian Identity on the Exterior of San Marco Henry Maguire Maguire, Henry 113

5 Cultural Hybridity in Medieval Venice: Reinventing the East at San Marco after the Fourth Crusade Michael Jacoff Jacoff, Michael 151

6 Refashioning Byzantium in Venice, ca. 12.00-1400 Thomas E.A. Dale Dale, Thomas E. A. 193

7 Mosaic Matters: Questions of Manufacturing and Mosaicists in the Mosaics of San Marco, Venice Holger A. Klein Klein, Holger A. 227

8 Venice and Its Doge in the Grand Design: Andrea Dandolo and the Fourteenth-Century Mosaics of the Baptistery Liz James James, Liz 245

Abbreviations Debra Pincus Pincus, Debra 273

About The Authors Debra Pincus Pincus, Debra 277

Index Debra Pincus Pincus, Debra 279

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