Photograph by Marjorie Och

Welcome to Venice 3, an online exhibit developed by students in my ARTH 470Z:  Venice, a seminar offered during the fall semester of 2011 at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

This site offers visitors the opportunity to see our undergraduates’ research on this remarkable city.  An actual exhibit on the city of Venice is clearly impossible — one could never transport the Grand Canal or Palazzo Ducale into a museum space.  But technology allows us to bring together different aspects of the city, both its visual culture and history, in a format where we can discuss the magnificent façade of San Marco as well as the cutting edge contemporary art of the Venice Biennale.

Throughout the course of this semester we examined Venetian art and culture from the foundation of the city in the 5th and 6th centuries through today.  The city, itself, held our attention for the first several meetings as we explored the geography and environment, politics, business, and urban issues that are particular to Venice and the Lagoon.  We then turned to the artists whose works define the city for art historians, including the Bellini family, Giorgione, Titian, and Veronese.  We also considered twentieth-century and contemporary artists, both Italian and non-Italian, who were so influenced by this city, including J.M.W. Turner, J. A. McN. Whistler, J. S. Sargent, F. L. Wright, Carlo Scarpa, and artists exhibiting in this year’s Biennale.

This is the third exhibit on Venice, hence Venice 3Venice 1 was developed in the spring of 2007, and Venice 2 in the fall of 2008.   Our student curators and their exhibits this year are:

HOW TO VISIT OUR GALLERIES:  We hope you enjoy the exhibit. You can navigate through the galleries from the HOME page by clicking on any image — you’ll see that it turns a bright Venetian red.  You can then navigate through an individual student’s exhibit by clicking the NEXT button at the bottom of a page or by clicking on a particular heading at right under RELATED.  Clicking on HOME at the top right of the page will return you HOME to our first gallery.

Should you wish to visit the earlier exhibit on Venice, “Venice 2,” it can be found at this site.

The seminar is indebted to Tim Owens and Jim Groom of the Department of Instructional Technology at the University of Mary Washington not only for their instruction in technology, but for their generosity, enthusiasm, and commitment to our project.  We thank you.  And as always, I would like to thank the Department of Art and Art History and the University of Mary Washington for their support of faculty teaching initiatives.

Marjorie Och, Professor of Art History, UMW

Left to right:  Marjorie Och, Lauren Kyser, Stephanie Wunce, Carolyn Higgins, Elizabeth Paredes, Luisa Dispenzirie, Adriana Christesen, Anne Grasselli, Melanie Johnson, Melinda Allen.

Photograph Kelly Pickering


Dear Marjorie Och,
I have enjoyed exploring the excellent essays of your students in the 2011 Venice Exhibit; thank you so much for putting them on the web.

I am studying a 3rd year level module, ‘Renaissance art reconsidered ‘ with the Open University in England. In an essay to be assessed by my tutor, I currently plan to make a brief reference to S. Marco’s coffin in the mozaic above the Alipio portal. I need a good quality photo from which to enlarge the relevant image, yours would be ideal. Being punctilious about copyright issues, I ask whether you would allow me to include part of it in my essay, acknowledged of course. I have no intention of publishing or using it elsewhere except in one or other of my student assignments.

Thank you.
Desmond Gailey
Watford, Hertfordshire, England

Dear Mr. Gailey,

Yes, you may use a detail of this image for your paper. And yes, please credit me as the photographer and the Venice seminar exhibit website. Thank you, and good luck with your project.

Marjorie Och
Professor of Art History

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