SERIES: One square, so many stories series - Under the aegis of Edith Gabrielli, director of VIVE
SPEAKER: Linda Borean
DATE: Tuesday 14 March, 6 pm
PLACE: Palazzo Venezia, Sala del Refettorio
In 1564, Pope Pius IV gave Palazzo San Marco – today’s Palazzo Venezia, constructed a century earlier by the Venetian Pope Paul II – to the Republic of Venice. This act fell within the scope of the complicated relations between a city-state that accepted no interference in its role as an open capital and a sovereign reality bearing the trappings of sanctity that was appearing on the historical stage. Venice was to be responsible for completing the building and its maintenance so it was not exactly an unselfish gift, perhaps rather a poisoned chalice? The Palazzo was the place from which power was wielded over the city and a fortress but also a gem because from its foundation and throughout the following centuries it was home to rich art and antiquity collections amassed by Venetian cardinals, from Pietro Barbo to the Grimani family, in a fertile axis of cultural exchange between Rome and the Republic of Venice.