Located on the Mediterranean Sea between the Italian and Balkan peninsulas, and situated at the mouth of two great Alpine rivers—the Po and the Piave—Venice is known as the Bride of the Sea, the Queen of the Adriatic, the Floating City, and the City of Masks.
Built over centuries, this small yet profound site of architectural beauty, art, and craft also is a place of formidable economic and naval power, political and religious turbulence, and great dynastic families (not to mention the rise-and-fall intrigue associated with their respective reigns). Traditionally known as the Most Serene Republic of Venice, the city and its people were shaped, in part, by threats from the Ottomans, the French, the Austrians, Germanic tribes, plagues, and more.
This course offers artistic and philosophical engagement with Venice and looks at its significant impact on world culture. Philosopher Charles Taliaferro will highlight the ideas that shaped Venetian culture and its success as a center of East-West trade. Artist Jil Evans will discuss the paintings of Venice and the painters who launched a new direction in painting, one giving precedence to color and light.
The instructors also will reflect on contemporary Venice: the city’s drive to protect itself from the ravages of tourism, and its fragile existence as a floating city.
Tuition includes breakfast and lunch.
Jil Evans is an artist and writer who has exhibited and published her work internationally. Her paintings are held in numerous private and public collections, including those of the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Walker Art Center.
Charles Taliaferro, PhD, Brown University; MTS, Harvard University, is Chair of the Philosophy Department at St. Olaf College. He is the author/editor of more than 20 books and recently coedited The History of Evil in Antiquity (Routledge, 2017), the first of six volumes.