Early Modern Europe, Renaissance Italy, Western Civilization
Early Modern Europe; Renaissance Italy; History of Education; History of Childhood; Renaissance Revival; History of Non-Profits
Early Modern European History, 1400-1650; Italian Renaissance History and Art; History of Education, esp. History of Italian Universities; History of Childhood, 1200-1700; Renaissance Revival in America, 1850-1920
A catastrophic flood in November 1966 temporarily submerged the city of Venice, Italy and threatened its extraordinary patrimony of art and architecture. Christopher Carlsmith tells the story of Save Venice, Inc. (SVI), an American non-profit organization that for fifty years has raised funds to conserve and restore paintings, sculptures, books, mosaics, and entire buildings at risk from human and environmental impact. The vexing question of how, and for whom, Venice should be “saved”, as well as the evolving context of contemporary Venice and the actions of other historic preservation committees, are examined here. Drawing upon extensive archival research, oral interviews, and newspaper accounts, each chapter traces several themes (e.g., executive leadership, conservation activities, fund-raising methods, educational outreach), thus providing comparative analysis throughout the work. Using the methodologies of cultural history, art history, and historic preservation, this book narrates the achievements and challenges faced by Save Venice Inc. and by this unique city on the sea. (Book publication anticipated with Univ. of Massachusetts Press in Fall 2021)Carlsmith, C.