Layers of Venice

Architecture, Arts and Antiquities at Rialto

Michela Agazzi    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

Gianmario Guidarelli    Università degli Studi di Padova, Italia    

Myriam Pilutti Namer    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    



The book offers a greater understanding of the multiple layers of meaning that have been superimposed in the course of the Medieval and Modern Ages in the Rialto area. The authors follow the Leitmotiv of the memorial component that each operation of architectural reuse has carried in the history of the church of San Giacomo di Rialto, a building which stands, emblematically, as a sort of architectural relic. Adopting this principle, the book offers an in-depth analysis of the spatial model, the reuse of individual architectural and decorative elements but also, on a larger scale, the different configurations of the urban context (the Rialto market) through the centuries, after repeated destruction, reconstruction and transformation. By adopting this multi-scale approach, the book reveals the key role played by the church in the narrative strategy adopted to perpetually renew the myth of Venice, taking on a conceptual and polysemantic dimension where each component (object, context, meaning, function, image) constitutes an element cultural memory, with each leaving a tangible trace of its own.

May 5, 2023
Number of pages
24x22 cm
Copyright: © 2023 Michela Agazzi, Gianmario Guidarelli, Myriam Pilutti Namer. This is an open-access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction is permitted, provided that the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. The license allows for commercial use. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

Table of contents

Michela Agazzi    Gianmario Guidarelli    Myriam Pilutti Namer   
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Section I. Rialto’s Area in Medieval and Modern Time
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Isabella Cecchini   
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Section II. On the Horns of a Dilemma
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A Rialto-Atlas
Francesco Turio Böhm   
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