Apr 19 Italian Cultural Center lecture on Venice


Italian Excellence in Arts & Sciences
Inaugural Lecture

Dr. Patricia Fortini Brown (Princeton)
"The Aesthetics of Water: How Venice Conquered the World"

Dr. Patricia Fortini Brown is Professor Emerita at Princeton University, where she taught in the Department of Art & Archaeology (1983-2010) and served as chair (1999 -2005). Brown was Slade Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Cambridge and served as president of the Renaissance Society of America. A recipient of the British Academy Serena Medal in Italian Studies, she has held a number of prestigious fellowships including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rome Prize and presently serves on the Board of Trustees of Save Venice. Brown has published and lectured extensively on the art and history of late medieval and early modern Venice and is presently focusing on its colonial empire. Her award-winning books include Venetian Narrative Painting in the Age of Carpaccio (1988); Venice & Antiquity: The Venetian Sense of the Past (1996); Art and Life in Renaissance Venice (1997); and Private Lives in Renaissance Venice: Art, Architecture, and the Family (2004). She is now working on a book entitled The Venetian Bride, a true story of vendetta and intrigue, exile and redemption.

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