A Portrait of Venice: Jacopo de’ Barbari’s "View"

artistic work
Dr Kristin Huffman

A Portrait of Venice: Jacopo de’ Barbari’s View is an exhibition that will open 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, which has been awarded a NEH-Mellon fellowship. 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 the systems for provisioning raw materials to build a city on water; the housing systems for foreign communities; 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.