The World In Venice: Print, The City, And Early Modern Identity by Bronwen WilsonThe World In Venice: Print, The City, And Early Modern Identity by Bronwen Wilson

The World In Venice: Print, The City, And Early Modern Identity

byBronwen Wilson

Hardcover | May 20, 2005

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Positing a dynamic relationship between print culture and social experience, Bronwen Wilson's The World in Venice focuses on the printed image during a century of profound transformation. City views, costume illustrations, events, and portraits of locals and foreigners are brought together to show how printmakers responded to an expanding image of the world in Renaissance Venice, and how, in turn, prints influenced the ways in which individuals thought about themselves.

Woodcuts and engravings of cities and inhabitants of Europe, and those of distant lands, initiated a sudden and pervasive experience with alterity that redefined the relations of Europeans to the world. By condensing the world into pictures, print enabled a radically novel and vicarious experience of others. Wilson explores the overlapping and evolving relations between space, vision, print, and identity, and engages with current scholarly debates concerning ethnicities, gender and geography, copies and originals, travel, nationhood, fashion, urban life, visuality, and the body.

Venice was one of the largest cities in Renaissance Europe, a trading crossroads, and a centre of print. The World in Venice shows how Venetian identity came to be envisioned within the growing global context that print constructed for it.

Bronwen Wilson is an assistant professor in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University.
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Title:The World In Venice: Print, The City, And Early Modern IdentityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:490 pages, 9.31 × 6.27 × 1.12 inPublished:May 20, 2005Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0802087256

ISBN - 13:9780802087256

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'In The World in Venice, Bronwen Wilson brings to fore an unprecedented range of printed images and archival materials pertaining to Venice and Venetian life. Her analysis is informed by a rich selection of historical and art historical literature and conceptualized through the strategic use of key theoretical debates. Very well written and very thorough.' - Rose Marie San Juan, Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, University of British Columbia