Virtual Tour

Venice’s Land Empire: The Magnificent Veneto – Tuesday 3 November

Tuesday 3 November


With Dr. Eireann Marshall

A walk through the public squares of any of the splendid cities of the Veneto will unveil the tell tale signs of Venetian domination, namely the famous lion of Saint Mark. Starting with the beginning of the 15th century, in quick session, 3 Venetian doges, Michele Sten, Tommaso Mocenigo and the exceptional Francesco Foscari conquered much of Northern Italy, from Gorizia in Friuli to Lodi in Lombardy, most of which they ruled until the advent of Napoleon in 1797. Such was the scale of their territorial expansion in the 15th century, that the main European powers united, including the Holy Roman Empire, France, Spain and the Papal States to wain Venetian ambitions during the War of the League of Cambrai. The cities of the Veneto were shaped by this Venetian domination: the elites of the Veneto cities had greater access to trade, while the Venetian elites were given access to farmland which enabled them to diversify and increase their sources of income. Evidence of this wealth can be seen to this day by the region’s cityscapes.

In this virtual tour, we explore the development of this splendid region, including detailed examinations of their beautiful city centres. We venture to Vicenza, a little gem of a city given World Heritage status for its Palladian architecture, as well as Verona, a veritable palimpsest of monuments dating from the Roman to the Renaissance periods and finally Padova, famed for its University as well as its exquisite Cappella Srovegni. Along the way we view lesser known sites including Asolo, once the fiefdom of Catarina Corner, which hosted a very important court, and later a hub of English expats which included Browning and Freya Stark.

Virtual Tour

Our virtual tours cover a wide array of historical and art-history topics, ranging from antiquity to the early modern period. We explore a variety of historical topics, from the every day life in ancient and early modern cities to representations of power. Exploring both world famous sites and those unknown to most, these lectures will bring history and the history of art to life through tailor made HD filming, as well as perceptive lecturing and lively discussions.

The virtual tours last 60 minutes followed by another 30 minutes of Q&A with our lecturers who will be delighted to answer any of your questions live.

Your Lecturer

Dr Eireann Marshall

Dr Eireann Marshall is a Research Associate and Associate Lecturer with the Open University. She has published a number of articles on Ancient North Africa, and co-edited volumes on 'Death and Disease in the Ancient City' and ‘Women’s influence on Classical Civilisation’. Eireann has led many tours for specialist tour operators, to Italy and North Africa. In 2019 she was awarded Wanderlust Magazine's Top History & Culture Guide at its World Guide Awards.

Event Details

Date: 3 November 2020

Start time: 18:00 GMT

End time: 19:30 GMT

Venue: Zoom Webinar


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