Tag Archives: Venice

The Banker of Florence

by Yang Yu This is my journey in Italy in 1520: As George Wordsworth, plenipotentiary of Cardinal Giulio de’Medici (de facto ruler of Florence who later became Pope Clement VII), I was sent on a mission to Rome, Naples, Venice, Ravenna and Bologna, to grind the bloody Italian War that has been raging since 1494 […]

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The Shylock Project

by Shaul Bassi This summer scholars, actors, students will spend four weeks on a Venetian island with an ambitious goal, that of preparing the first ever promenade production of The Merchant of Venice in the Jewish Ghetto. Two landmark anniversaries will coincide in 2016: the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death and the 500th anniversary […]

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Infinite minds: Shakespeare and Giordano Bruno

On 17 February 1600 the philosopher Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake in Campo de’ Fiori, today one of the most colourful squares in Rome. A former Dominican friar born near Naples, this wandering intellectual disseminated his revolutionary ideas throughout Europe. He studied in Geneva and Toulouse, taught at Wittenberg (Hamlet’s alma mater, remember?), […]

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Walking Shakespeare’s Venice 6: Can Shakespeare Save Venice?

In my earlier posts I shared the joy of walking around Venice with Shakespeare’s lovers. As a conclusion of this series, instead of focussing on a specific site, I want to point out that Venice should not be taken for granted. Far from feeding some of the most apocalyptic scenarios about Venice sinking and vanishing […]

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Walking Shakespeare’s Venice 4 – the House of Othello (a response to Graham Holderness)

My Shakespearean tour of Venice usually starts in Campo dei Carmini, in the district of Dorsoduro, where the nineteenth-century erudite Rawdon Brown located the “house of Othello”. The palace belonged at some stage to a family called Guoro, that may have been misread as Moro (“Moor”). The tantalizing elements for Brown were probably the statue […]

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Shakespeare Out of Venice

Shaul Bassi’s fascinating account of ‘Walking Shakespeare’s Venice’ plays with an ambivalence that is as fascinating and dangerous, seductive and treacherous as Venice herself is so often portrayed in literature and film. He acknowledges that there is no evidence of Shakespeare ever having been in Venice. But he still wants Shakespeare to have been there, […]

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Walking Shakespeare’s Venice – the Ghetto of Venice

The 4th of September 2011 is the European Day of Jewish Culture  and it looks like the perfect day to visit the Jewish Ghetto of Venice, where several events will take place. Although Shakespeare never mentions this place in The Merchant of Venice, historically speaking this would have been the only area where a 16th-century […]

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Walking Shakespeare’s Venice – The Moors of Venice

Today it is hot, humid and overcast in Venice. Fewer people are tempted by the beach so the tourists flood the streets even more than usual, and I wade through the throng to find an answer to a question that Shakespeare must have asked himself four centuries ago. If Othello is “the Moor of Venice”, […]

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Walking Shakespeare’s Venice

One of the pleasures of living in Venice is that many interesting people come to visit, and if you are lucky you get to meet them. Some of them are also fascinated by the Shakespeare connection and are curious to find out more about the place that inspired two of his most topical plays, The […]

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