Palazzo Ducale

Doge's Palace

VENETIAN FORTRESSES in Mediterranean Sea


Venetian Fortress in Mediterranean Sea
From March 8th to September 22th 2013

Doge’s Palace, Venice
Sala dello Scrutinio

Displayed in the seat of the Serenissima’s “power”, and making use of the interesting documents loaned from the Gabinetto di Cartografia (Maps Cabinet) and Library of Museo Correr, the exhibition reconstructs the Venetian military defence systems and fortresses of the Stato da Mar.

The exhibition will make it possible to admire the images of the various fortresses built in strategic and vital locations along the Venetian maritime routes of the Mediterranean to defend the fundamental trade with the Levant. Many images of Venetian fortresses published by Ramusio, Camocio, Ballino, Peeters, Coronelli and others in volumes celebrating Venetian power, which enjoyed great popularity in the 16th and 17th century.

These are followed by architectural sketches illustrating the important role of Corfu and Cyprus, and the symbolic weight of the “bastion” of Candia, the care dedicated to the defensive network along the Dalmatian coast and Venetian Albania, and the projects for the Peloponnese which, following its reconquest by Francesco Morosini in the late 17th century, was constantly exposed to the increasing Turkish expansion.

Curated by Camillo Tonini, Diana Cristante