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CLS 46 — Venice During the Golden and Silver Ages, 1453-1797

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Mondays
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Date(s): Mar 28—May 16
Duration: 8 weeks
Drop By
Drop Deadline: Apr 10
Unit(s): 1 Units
Tuition: $330
Format: On-campus course
Status: Open
For one thousand years, Venice was ruled by an aristocratic oligarchy that maintained complete control of the Republic until 1797, when it fell. This course will take you back into those centuries in order to explore the rich and splendorous cultural activities and lifestyles that defined that aristocratic world. With an emphasis on the Golden Age of the 16th and early 17th centuries through the Silver Age of the 18th century, we will focus on Venetian humanistic culture and the rich “illusionistic” fantasies of myths, theaters, operas, music, balls, gambling, carnivals, art, architecture, and parties. We will also focus on the sybaritic activities and decadent decline as Venice was turning itself from a very powerful mercantile society into a pleasure-loving tourist destination of seduction and desires. Along the way, we will talk about such artistic and cultural figures as Tintoretto, Bellini, Tiepolo, Canaletto, Veronese, Monteverdi, and Goldoni.

To complete this cultural overview, we will explore in detail the great Veneto country villas of Andrea Palladio, their links to Rome and antiquity, and their ongoing and major influences that are still felt today. Since Venice was for centuries the primary trading link with Asia, we will also investigate all the influences that came into Venice and helped to shape its final cultural aesthetic.

William Eddelman, Associate Professor of Design and Theater History, Emeritus, Stanford

William Eddelman is a specialist in international theater design. He received a Fulbright scholarship to the Cini Foundation in Venice, Italy. He has taught at the Stanford Berlin Center and has led Stanford Travel/Study trips to Venice and Northern Italy. He is building a research library and design collection for the Achenbach Graphic Arts Collection in San Francisco.

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