Artibus et Historiae no. 2 (I)

1980, ISSN 0391-9064

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FEDERICA AMBROSINI - Allegorical Representations of America from the Veneto Area in the 1500s and 1600s

The age of geographical discoveries and of the rise of the great colonial empires did not bring the Venetian Republic into competition with the sea-faring nations which came to subject to their dominion one area or other of the vast territories of the New World. More than enough reasons desuaded a small state like Venice from embracing any illusions of expanding across the Atlantic, in slow but inexorable decline as it was from its time-honored position of international prestige. However, in spite of the definitely marginal, though not irrelevant, position the concept of America had in the Venetian culture of the 1500's and 1600's, it is not unreasonable to ask if this culture itself had produced, or at least known and accepted some form or other of iconological and iconographic transcription of this concept and what their nature and ideological significance might be. This present work aims at finding an answer to this question.

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