The art and archaeology of Venetian ships and boats

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Texas A&M University Press, Apr 1, 2001 - Art - 236 pages
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Throughout its existence as a bustling center of seafaring & trade, Venice has loomed large in maritime history. Its location, governmental policies, & the skills of its citizens made Venice a dominant military power & a major player in international trade by the Middle Ages. Yet little is known of what made that military & trade prowess possible--the early seagoing vessels of Venice. Remains of its ships & boats are few, & written records are rare. Excavations in the region have revealed only a few small boats, two merchant ships, & a galley, yet this limited sample of the ships & boats of Venice offers a base on which to build. Artistic representations provide distinctive clues to the past that are not available elsewhere. Drawing on material from several disciplines. The Art & Archaeology of Venetian Ships & Boats combines lively discussions of art & history with scientific scholarship. Here, nautical archaeologist Lillian Ray Martin has collected representations of ships & boats in medieval & early Renaissance art from museums, churches, libraries, & public buildings of Venice & the surrounding region. After outlining her method of study, Martin presents a brief history of Venetian art, inextricably linked to the history of the area, & then carefully catalogues each known piece of Venetian art that depicts watercraft. She includes such information as the title, artist, date, location, types of watercraft shown, & a comprehensive description of each piece. Martin combines archaeological, documentary, & iconographic evidence to paint a more accurate picture of Venetian watercraft, making The Art & Archaeology of Venetian Ships & Boats the most complete compilation of the sources available today. More than 150 illustrations, including representations from paintings, sculptures, frescoes, mosaics, engravings, manuscript illuminations, & more, enhance the book. The Art & Archaeology of Venetian Ships & Boats reveals important facts about the construction, rigging, & sailing of Venetian watercraft, shedding new light on the history of Venetian seafaring & the resulting economic & political relations Venice had with the Byzantine & European worlds.

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Lillian Ray Martin, who has a degree in art history and European studies from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, earned her master’s degree in nautical archaeology at Texas A&M University. She has worked as an archaeologist and photographer at numerous underwater and land excavations since 1981, including the Bronze Age shipwreck at Uluburun, Turkey, as well as sites in the Dominican Republic, Holland, Greece, Cyprus, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

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