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#80 The Arsenale, Venice’s “Factory of Marvels”: A Conversation with Ross King

Saturday, March 2nd Live on Zoom

10am Los Angeles and Phoenix, 1pm NY & Toronto, 6pm London, 7pm Florence

We are so delighted to welcome the author Ross King back to Paola’s Studiolo, to talk about one of the most important and iconic locations in Venice: the Arsenale.  In the 1500s, it was described as the “foundation of Venice’s greatness and the bastion of Christendom.” Right up to the present day, the Arsenale looms large – it houses gondola makers, and is also the site for the world-renowned contemporary art, architecture, and film Biennale exhibitions.

Without doubt, the Arsenale was the most impressive and sophisticated industrial facility of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Ross King will explore how the Arsenale engineers in Venice drew upon the then-newly-discovered philosophical works by Aristotle as well as on the scientific and architectural expertise of Galileo and Palladio. Focusing on art history, he will talk about how the Arsenale inspired such artists as Titian and Vittore Carpaccio. 

Ross King is a Canadian novelist and non-fiction writer. He began his career writing two works of historical fiction in the 1990s, later turning to non-fiction, and has since written several critically acclaimed and best-selling historical works. Among his publications are Brunelleschi’s Dome, Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling and, most recently, The Bookseller of Florence

Minimum suggested donation: $20

This talk is free for Friends of Paola's Studiolo!

Look forward to seeing you on Zoom!

Warmest regards,


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