Incense burner in the shape of a Byzantine church
Unknown artist, Incense burner in the shape of a Byzantine church, 10th - 11th century Venice Venezia, Tesoro della Basilica di San Marco - Bruciaprofumi
East Meets West in Venice
For much of the millennium before the rise of Portugal and Spain, Venice flourished as the hub of Europe’s trade with the lands to its east and south, weaving not only economic ties but also a web of cultural exchanges. The profound mutual influences between East and West inspired a major exhibition as well as fresh looks at Venice by historians.
This Doge Enrico Dandolo, was the man behind the fourth Crusade, personally leading an armada of Venetian ships to the east. Tragically he was present and a political participant of the Sack of Constantinople in 1204. Men of the Cross killing other men of the Cross and destroying one of the greatest cities in the world, also opened the flood gates for Ottoman rule. Such tragic irony riddled with greed and blind hate.
Venice, 16th Century. The first fan is of Perforated Parchment, the second of interlaced plant fiber. (Venice, Collection G Marsiletti)
Venezia & l'Islam:
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