Assembled over time for purposes of military defense and economic security, the Venetian empire once stretched from the Italian mainland to the islands and coastlines of the Mediterranean. Exploring the tension between public concerns and private interests, this lecture outlines a projected book that will describe and analyze the material expression of Venetian hegemony both at home and abroad.

Patricia Fortini Brown is Professor Emerita of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University. A recipient of Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships and the British Academy Serena Medal in Italian Studies, Brown is a distinguished scholar of the art and culture of Medieval and Renaissance Venice. Brief bio:

Her visit is supported by the Erric B. Kertsikoff Fund for Hellenic Studies and the Coumantaros Family Hellenic Studies Research and Study Fund. This lecture is cosponsored by the Benaki Museum, Athens.