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This book—published in conjunction with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ exhibition Splendore a Venezia: Art and Music from the Renaissance to the Baroque in the Serenissima (presented in Montreal in October 2013 then at the Portland Art Museum in February 2014) — explores the important interassociations between the art, music and culture of Venice from the early sixteenth century to the fall of the Serenissima in 1797. The extraordinary creative accomplishments in the two artistic fields—from Titian to Guardi, and from Willaert to Vivaldi—during a period of slow economic decline in the City of Doges were closely linked to Venice’s unique socio-political structure. The panoply of ceremonies, festivities and processions that characterized life there served the political ambitions of its government, which were glorified in music and exalted in painting. Art and music were central to the international profile of the Republic. Public concerts were equally essential to the economic survival of the typically Venetian charitable institutions, the ospedali and scuole.
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