Death in Venice: corpses, cemeteries and Catholicism

5 June 2019 - 18:00

Lecture in English by Alex Bamji 


Around 5,000 people died each year in pre-modern Venice. What happened to the bodies? How did religious change and social diversity affect burial practices? How were ideas about death mediated through art, architecture and objects? This lecture explores the place of death in the urban landscape and the lives of Venetians in the 17th and 18th centuries. Alex Bamji is Associate Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Leeds, and is currently a Fellow at Villa I Tatti.


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This season is made possible by a generous donation from Graham Avery and his wife Annalisa, matched by Alessandra and Michael Griffiths.