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The First City of Modern Europe

Orseolo Doges in Ducal Palace, by D. Tintoretto,

Continued from Venice in the Dark Ages...

Viva San Marco!

After moving Venice to its modern site on the Rialto, Angelo Participazio erected the first Doge’s Palace for himself. The pieces were falling into place; all that was needed was the right corpse.

In retrospect, the embroidered legends can be disregarded: there can be little doubt that the theft of St Mark from Alexandria in 828 was a calculated and brilliant manoeuvre of Venetian policy. Of the 55 holy cadavers abstracted from around the Mediterranean by Venice, this is the one that mattered.

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History and Anecdotes

Veneto-Byzantine Art: the ‘Proto-Renaissance’

Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Images by Didier Descouens, DIREKTOR on Wikimedia Commons, Meister der Reichenauer Schule, Sailko, Creative Commons License