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NEW! Italian Excellence in Arts & Sciences. Inaugural Lecture. EW18

  • 19 Apr 2018
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Minneapolis Institute of Art, Pillsbury Auditorium, 2400 Third Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55404
  • 75


  • FREE


We proudly announce "Italian Excellence in Arts & Sciences",
a new series of cultural events and lectures program for 2018-2019 
curated by Dr. Francesca Bortoletti
and organized 
by the Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis / St. Paul.

In collaboration with key players in arts & culture of the Twin Cities,
this new series will bring internationally renowned researchers
and Italian artists to Minnesota


Inaugural lecture

"The Aesthetics of Water: How Venice Conquered the World"

Dr. Patricia Fortini Brown

Leading specialist in the art of Renaissance Venice
(Princeton University)

When we think of Venice, we think of a city in the sea, surrounded by water, as depicted in Jacopo de Barbari’s woodcut map of 1500, one of the treasures in the collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art. And yet, before the modern era, the city had no source of fresh water other than the rain from heaven or barges from the mainland. This lecture addresses how Venetians rose to the challenge by creating a unique genre of public art: the Venetian wellhead. It addresses as well a different challenge that came with  the expansion of the Venetian empire: the gift of running water and the need to harness it. Again, the Venetians seized the initiative and created fountains that transformed urban spaces from the Terraferma to the Stato da Mar into places of encounter and aesthetic delight.

This event, co-presented with the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia), will be held at the Pillsbury Auditorium on April 19, 6:30-8:00 PM.
Dr. Patricia F. Browns' lecture will incorporate important Venetian works from Mia's collection, including Jacopo de’ Barbari’s iconic View of Venice, acquired by the Mia in 2010. 

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.

WHEN: Thursday, April 19, 6:30-8:00 PM
WHERE: Minneapolis Institute of Art (Pillsbury Auditorium), 2400 Third Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55404

  • ICC Members: FREE (Lifetime/Contributing/Corporate levels only)
  • ICC Members: 5 USD
  • Non-Members: 10 USD

Contact Tiziana, at, with your questions.

This event is co-presented with:          


And made possible by the support of:


The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization
 528 Hennepin Ave | Minneapolis, MN 55403 | (612) 295-4111 

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