Plague Hospitals

Public Health for the City in Early Modern Venice
Author: Jane L. Stevens Crawshaw
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317080289
Category: Medical
Page: 338
View: 407
Developed throughout early modern Europe, lazaretti, or plague hospitals, took on a central role in early modern responses to epidemic disease, in particular the prevention and treatment of plague. The lazaretti served as isolation hospitals, quarantine centres, convalescent homes, cemeteries, and depots for the disinfection or destruction of infected goods. The first permanent example of this institution was established in Venice in 1423 and between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries tens of thousands of patients passed through the doors. Founded on lagoon islands, the lazaretti tell us about the relationship between the city and its natural environment. The plague hospitals also illustrate the way in which medical structures in Venice intersected with those of piety and poor relief and provided a model for public health which was influential across Europe. This is the first detailed study of how these plague hospitals functioned, where they were situated, who worked there, what it was like to stay there, and how many people survived. Comparisons are made between the Venetian lazaretti and similar institutions in Padua, Verona and other Italian and European cities. Centred on the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, during which time there were both serious plague outbreaks in Europe and periods of relative calm, the book explores what the lazaretti can tell us about early modern medicine and society and makes a significant contribution to both Venetian history and our understanding of public health in early modern Europe, engaging with ideas of infection and isolation, charity and cure, dirt, disease and death.

Isole abbandonate della laguna : com' erano e come sono

Author: Giorgio Crovato,Maurizio Crovato
Publisher: Young Writers
Category: History
Page: 239
View: 1994
This is the first research work in English and Italian to attempt an accurate historical and cultural survey of the lagoon islands of Venice other than Murano,Torcello and Burano. The authors have had over thirty five years of experience mapping, describing and, in some cases, preserving the heritage of these numerous islands. The abandonment of the islands has left many in great peril from changing climate,time and the depredations of man. Extraordinarily rich in detail and discussion (included material from medieval, Renaissance, Enlightenment and modern sources , chroniclers and writers that has hitherto not been translated). A discussion of current urban and climatic issues facing the Venetian lagoon also included.

The Gardens of Venice and the Veneto

Author: Jenny Condie
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
ISBN: 9780711234048
Category: Gardening
Page: 208
View: 387
The Gardens of Venice and the Veneto takes in a varied selection of gardens old and new, large and small, public and private. It ranges from tiny monastery gardens tucked away within the walls of Venice to grand palatial landscapes in the former marshes of the hinterland. The book is divided into five sections as well as a lively introduction which captures the rich history of this region. The first section will show the extraordinary gardens still to be found locked behind high walls in the city itself. Then Jenny Condie and Alex Ramsay wander through the more modest parts of the city where ordinary Venetians manage to grow flowers, fruit and vegetables in the most unlikely spots. Then it is out into the lagoon and wild gardens on marshy islands before turning inland to the grand Palladian villas and the Baroque splendours of villas like the Villa Barbarigo and the Villa Allegri Arvedi among many fine country residences of ancient families. All the gardens in the book can be reached within a day's expedition from Venice and practical information about access and advice on the best time of year to visit is included for all those open to the public.

The City of Falling Angels

Author: John Berendt
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780143036937
Category: History
Page: 414
View: 338
Traces the aftermath of the 1996 Venice opera house fire, an event that devastated Venetian society and was investigated by the author, who through interviews with local figures learned about the region's rich cultural history.

Visualizing Venice

Mapping and Modeling Time and Change in a City
Author: Kristin L. Huffman,Andrea Giordano,Caroline Bruzelius
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351586831
Category: History
Page: 154
View: 1909
Visualizing Venice presents the ways in which the use of innovative technology can provide new and fascinating stories about places and times within history. Written by those behind the Visualizing Venice project, this book explores the variety of disciplines and analytical methods generated by technologies such as 3D images and interoperable models, GIS mapping and historical cartography, databases, video animations, and applications for mobile devices and the web. The volume is one of the first collections of essays to integrate the theory and practice of visualization technologies with art, architectural, and urban history. The chapters demonstrate how new methodologies generated by technology can change and inform the way historians think and work, and the potential that such methods have to revolutionize research, teaching, and public-facing communication. With over 30 images to support and illustrate the project’s work, Visualizing Venice is ideal for academics, and postgraduates of digital history, digital humanities, and early modern Italy.

Islands of the Venetian Lagoon

Aerial Guide
Author: Arturo Colamussi
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9788889922033
Category: Photography
Page: 133
View: 5632

Historical Seismology

Interdisciplinary Studies of Past and Recent Earthquakes
Author: Julien Fréchet,Mustapha Meghraoui,Massimiliano Stucchi
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1402082223
Category: Science
Page: 446
View: 1106
Modern seismology has faced new challenges in the study of earthquakes and their physical characteristics. This volume is dedicated to the use of new approaches and presents a state-of-the-art in historical seismology. Selected historical and recent earthquakes are chosen to document and constrain related seismic parameters using updated methodologies in the macroseismic analysis, field observations of damage distribution and tectonic effects, and modelling of seismic waveforms.

Dead Lagoon

An Aurelio Zen Mystery
Author: Michael Dibdin
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
ISBN: 0307822494
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
View: 9008
Among the emerging generation of crime writers, none is as stylish and intelligent as Michael Dibdin, who, in Dead Lagoon, gives us a deliciously creepy new novel featuring the urbane and skeptical Aurelio Zen, a detective whose unenviable task it is to combat crime in a country where today's superiors may be tomorrow's defendants.Zen returns to his native Venice. He is searching for the ghostly tormentors of a half-demented contessa and a vanished American millionaire whose family is paying Zen under the table to determine his whereabouts-dead or alive. But he keeps stumbling over corpses that are distressingly concrete: from the crooked cop found drowned in one of the city's noisome "black wells" to a brand-new skeleton that surfaces on the Isle of the Dead. The result is a mystery rich in character and deduction, and intensely informed about the history, politics, and manners of its Venetian setting.


Author: Michael Dibdin
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0571274099
Category: Fiction
Page: 416
View: 5822
'As you may have gathered, there was a suicide in St Peter's this afternoon. Someone threw himself off the gallery inside the dome. Such incidents are quite common, and do not normally require the attention of this department. In the present instance, however, the victim was not some jilted maidservant or ruined shopkeeper, but Prince Ludovico Ruspanti.' When, one dark night in November, Prince Ludovico Ruspanti fell a hundred and fifty feet to his death in the chapel at St Peter's, Rome, there were a number of questions to be answered. Did he fall or was he pushed? Inspector Aurelio Zen finds that getting the answers isn't easy, as witness after witness is mysteriously silenced - by violent death. To crack the secrets of the Vatican, Zen must penetrate the most secret place of all: the Cabal. If you enjoyed the Inspector Zen Mystery series you may also like The Last Sherlock Holmes Story, another crime novel by Michael Dibdin.

Oblique Drawing

A History of Anti-Perspective
Author: Massimo Scolari,James S. Ackerman,Jenny Condie Palandri
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780262527613
Category: Architecture
Page: 389
View: 9172
For more than half a century, Erwin Panofsky's Perspective as Symbolic Form has dominated studies of visual representation. Despite the hegemony of central projection, or perspective, other equally important methods of representation have much to tell us. Parallel projection can be found on classical Greek vases, in Pompeiian frescoes, in Byzantine mosaics; it returned in works of the historical avant-garde, and remains the dominant form of representation in China. In Oblique Drawing, Massimo Scolari investigates "anti-perspective" visual representation over two thousand years, finding in the course of his investigation that visual and conceptual representations are manifestations of the ideological and philosophical orientations of different cultures. Images prove to be not just a form of art but a form of thought, a projection of a way of life. Scolari's generously illustrated studies show that illusionistic perspective is not the only, or even the best, representation of objects in history; parallel projection, for example, preserves in scale the actual measurements of objects it represents, avoiding the distortions of one-point perspective. Scolari analyzes the use of nonperspectival representations in pre-Renaissance images of machines and military hardware, architectural models and drawings, and illustrations of geometrical solids. He challenges Panofsky's theory of Pompeiian perspective and explains the difficulties encountered by the Chinese when they viewed Jesuit missionaries' perspectival religious images. Scolari vividly demonstrates the diversity of representational forms devised through the centuries, and shows how each one reveals something that is lacking in the others.

Venice for Lovers

Author: Louis Begley,Anka Muhlstein
Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
ISBN: 0802198694
Category: Travel
Page: 224
View: 927
Venice for Lovers is a memorable collaboration by two fine stylists who have fashioned their own personal homages to Venice, one with a novella, the other with a personal essay. Every year for all the thirty they have been married, Begley and Muhlstein have escaped to Venice to write. In her contribution to the book, Muhlstein charmingly describes how she and her husband dine at the same restaurant every night for years on end, and how becoming friends with restaurateurs has been an unsurpassed means of getting to know the city and its inhabitants, far from the tourists in San Marco Square. In his short novella, Begley writes a story of falling in love with—and in—Venice. His twenty-year-old protagonist, enamored with an older, far worldlier woman of twenty-seven, is lured by her to the City of Water, only to be unceremoniously dumped and left to fend for himself after a brief rendezvous. But he discovers a lasting love for Venice itself—not an uncommon romance, as Begley’s brilliant literary essay on the city’s place within world literature demonstrates: Henry James, Marcel Proust, and Thomas Mann were all illustrious predecessors.

Rockling King

Author: Hugh Tolhurst
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781876044671
Category: Australia
Page: 69
View: 4559
Through the accident of residing on Broadway, Elwood, Hugh Tolhurst has a song and dance verve. Rockling King continues his conversational embrace of inner city culture. His clarity of speech is often akin to a sober aside at a party. These are profoundly sane, philosophical (in the sense of corrupting the minds of the young), at times political and often acutely witty poems which engage society, culture and lived experience. Like his first book Filth and Other Poems, Rockling King should be kept out of reach of children.

Edward Steichen

In High Fashion, the Condé Nast Years, 1923-1937
Author: William A. Ewing,Todd Brandow
Publisher: W W Norton & Company Incorporated
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 287
View: 7676
A signature collection of works by a legendary chief photographer for Vogue and Vanity Fair includes a selection of compelling celebrity portraits, cultural images, and fashion pieces. 10,000 first printing.

The Lion's Mouth

A Novel
Author: Caterina Edwards
Publisher: Guernica Editions
ISBN: 9780920717677
Category: Poetry
Page: 271
View: 4419
n The Lion's Mouth, an Italian-Canadian woman, Bianca, tells the story of her beloved cousin, Marco, whose life is disintegrating along with his city - Venice. Marco is her dark twin, her Italian self. As she tries to make sense of her cousin's breakdown, she describes her story and reflects on her immigrant and Canadian experiences, coming to terms with her dual cultures. The novel is multifaceted - a thriller, a study of social mores in Italy and Canada, a portrait of Venice, a self-reflexive account - and yet the whole is seamless, powerful, and elegant.

French Poetry

From Medieval to Modern Times
Author: Patrick McGuinness
Publisher: Everyman's Library
ISBN: 1101907835
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 256
View: 8841
"A selection of English translations of French poetry from medieval to modern times, in the hardcover Everyman's Library Pocket Poet series"--

Venice is a Fish: A Cultural Guide

Author: Tiziano Scarpa
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 1847651720
Category: Travel
Page: 129
View: 6513
Built on an inverted forest, paved with a tortoiseshell of boulders, Venice is a maze of tiny alleys, bridges and squares. Tiziano Scarpa wanders through the city, recounting the customs and secrets that only Venetians know. With everything from practical advice for aspiring Venetian lovers to hints at where to find the best bacaro, Scarpa waves the tourist in the right direction and, without naming a single restaurant, hotel or bar, relates the secret language needed to experience the real Venice. So ignore the street signs - why fight the labyrinth? Venice, the fish, is ready to swallow you whole.

Jilted City

Author: Patrick McGuinness
Publisher: Carcanet
ISBN: 1847779212
Category: Poetry
Page: 76
View: 1585
The poems in Jilted City inhabit in-between-places, when a border is being crossed, a word is slipping into another language, when memory is translating loss. From Stations where the train doesn't stop' in Blue Guide', following a train journey through Belgium, toCity of Lost Walks', English versions of a dissident Romanian poet whose poetry fails to register except in the form of an omission', McGuinness explores transition and translation, the afterlife of absences. Wit and paradox are at the heart of a collection that finds unforeseen connections between place and displacement.

Stari Bar. The Archaeological Project 2004. Preliminary Report

Author: Mitja Guštin
Publisher: All’Insegna del Giglio
ISBN: 8878143057
Category: Social Science
Page: 78
View: 5104
Il progetto Stari Bar nasce nel quadro di una cooperazione tra le Università di Venezia (Italia), Università di Koper/Capodistria (Slovenia) e le autorità montenegrine (Museo di Bar, Ministero per la Cultura, Sito Archeologico di Bar) e si inserisce all'interno del programma Culture 2000 finanziato dalla Comunità Europea. Il sito di Stari Bar (Antivari) rappresenta indubbiamente un luogo di straordinario interesse archeologico, innanzitutto per il grado di conservazione dei resti materiali. Una città distrutta ed abbandonata durante la guerra per l'indipendenza montenegrina ci restituisce, anche se a livello di rudere, l'immagine di una piccola 'Pompei' medievale. Obiettivo del progetto è lo studio delle fasi cronologiche dell'abitato, in relazione ai diversi gruppi sociali e culturali che vi hanno operato. Nel 2004 un primo studio delle architetture ha permesso di ricavare una valutazione archeologica della risorsa edilizia attraverso un'analisi della conservazione della leggibilità delle strutture della città. La valutazione preliminare sulla qualità dei depositi archeologici non ancora scavati, evidenzia l'eccezionale stato di conservazione delle stratigrafie e dei bacini sepolti, in relazione alle diverse fasi della città: bizantina, serba, veneziana e turca. Un saggio di scavo all'interno della Citadella ha permesso di datare le strutture fortificate di questa area alla fine del XII secolo, costruendo la prima sequenza stratigrafica con cronologie assolute, con interessanti associazioni ceramiche, disponibile per l'intero sito. The project on Stari Bar is part of a cooperation between the University of Venice (Italy), the University of Koper/Capodistria (Slovenia) and the Montenegrin authorities (Museum of Bar, Ministry of Culture, Archaeological site of Bar) and is inserted in a wider framework, of which also the University of Innsbruck is part, funded by the European Union, that aims to study the ways and modalities that qualify the Venetian presence on the eastern coast of the Adriatic sea (Programme Culture 2000, The heritage of Serenissima). In this perspective some case studies have been analyzed (the shipwreck of Gnalic, in Croatia, the late medieval ceramics of some sites of Slovenia (Piran/Pirano, Izola/Isola, Koper/Capodstria) and Croatia (Sv. Ivan pri Umagu/S. Giovanni di Umago, Split/Spalato), and the site of Bar in Montenegro), in order to build autonomous guidelines for research, some of which have already been completed. The site of Stari Bar (Antivari - Old Bar) represents undoubtedly an extraordinarily interesting archaeological site, first of all for the degree of preservation of the material remains. A village destroyed and abandoned during the Montenegrin Independence War gives us a picture, even if in ruins, of a small fossil town: with its streets, its palaces, its houses, its churches and monasteries, its mosques and its baths. A site whose archaeological potential stopped in 1870 AD. Stari Bar has been for a long time among the objects of restoration of the Montenegrin Community. The site has already in fact been restored, consolidated, cleaned, re-fitted in the past, making it partially suitable for visits. In the occasion of these restorations, which respected the monuments and were realized after an attentive work of architectural mapping by a team led by prof. Durde Boskovic after the second world war, many artefacts have been uncovered that allowed to reconstruct the history of the site. Some of these objects (late medieval pottery from three contexts) have been recently studied and published by Mladen Zagarcanin, as part of the present project. The book of the Montenegrin colleague is then the first product of this co-operation born under the sign of the heritage of Serenissima. But the archaeological resource contained in this micro-cosmos is in its greater part unexplored and will then be a success if our presence will be able to increase its knowledge and development. After this first campaign of research we would like to acknowledge many Institutes and people that helped us, encouraged us and supported us in our activity. On the Montenegrin side the Minister of Culture, Mrs. Vesna Kilibarda, the Superintendent of Montenegro Slobodan Mitrovic, the Mayor of Bar, Mrs. Anka Vojvodic, the director of the Centre of Culture of Bar Milun Lutovac, the director of the Museum of Bar Vladislav Kasalica and, of course, our friends Omer Perocevic and Mladen Zagarcanin. On the Italian side the Ministry for Foreign Affair, the Italian consulate of Podgorica and the Veneto Region for the fundings. Sauro Gelichi - Mitja Gustin Venezia - Koper, august 200