Kristin Huffman Lanzoni, instructor in Art, Art History and Visual Studies, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities-Mellon fellowship for her project Jacopo de Barbari’s View: A Digital Exhibition Catalog. It expands upon content that will be displayed in her exhibition, A Portrait of Venice, opening at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, September 7, 2017.
Even though scholars across a range of disciplines consistently refer to the woodblock print as a visual document of Venice as it appeared in the Early Modern period, this project will be the first time that the View is exhibited as a centerpiece for engaging with the life of the city. The experience of seeing and examining the View will be enriched by a series of innovative digital engagements, all of which will be included in the online digital catalog. This digital publication project addresses humanities-based questions that range from the production of this extraordinary print to the historical and social themes that emerge from the image, such as systems for provisioning raw materials to a city built on water; the incorporation of foreign communities into the urban fabric; religious and civic ceremonies and processions; the Arsenal and Venetian trade and empire; and the locations of printing presses, art collections, and destroyed religious institutions.