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#67 Venice and the Doges – A Conversation with Toto Bergamo Rossi

Saturday, September 30th Live on Zoom

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

A feast for the eyes and an entertaining, erudite read, this book opens with an illustrated survey of the 120 doges who led the Venetian Republic before continuing with a detailed survey of the incredible array of sculptures and monuments that memorialize them. Although celebrated for painting and music, Venice has a grand sculptural tradition. Based on new scholarship, this volume reveals the true magnificence of six centuries of Venetian sculpture with works by great masters from the Lombardo family to Antonio Rizzo, Jacopo Sansovino, Alessandro Vittoria, and Baldassare Longhena. With the oldest works dating to the thirteenth century, the sculptural marvels of Venice tell the story of a procession of doges—politicians, scholars, conquerors, merchants, and even a saint, Pietro Orseolo—over a thousand-year history. Engaging text highlights the eventful lives of these legendary figures, while the newly commissioned photography showcases the grandeur and beauty of a neglected aspect of Venice’s cultural history.

Toto Bergamo Rossi, a restorer specialized in the conservation of stone materials, has restored important monuments in Italy and abroad. Since 2010 he has been the Director of Venetian Heritage. He has led numerous exhibitions and publications dedicated to Venetian art, he is the co-curator of the exhibition DOMUS GRIMANI The Collection of Classical Sculptures Reassembled in its Original Setting after Four Centuries (Museum of Palazzo Grimani, Venice) and From Donatello to Alessandro Vittoria 1450 – 1600: 150 years of Sculpture in the Republic of Venice (Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’ d’Oro, Venice) and author of several books, including Inside Venice (Rizzoli International, New York, 2016) and VENICE AND THE DOGES (Rizzoli International, New York, 2023). Since 2021 he has been the Honorary Consul of Sweden in Venice.


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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