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Books at San Giorgio

Venice, Island of San Giorgio Maggiore

Books at San Giorgio launch series dedicated to the latest Fondazione Giorgio Cini publications resumes.

Books at San Giorgio is a series of meetings that presents the latest Fondazione Giorgio Cini publications, usually the outcome of its Institutes’ research activities in various disciplines: art history, 20th-century music, Venetian history, the music of Vivaldi, drama and ethnomusicology.

The first date, on 3rd March, Gino Benzoni, Maria Giordana Mariani Canova and Federica Toniolo will present La miniatura per le confraternite e le arti veneziane. Mariegole dal 1260 al 1460. Written by Lyle Humphrey, this fascinating book surveys two centuries of texts and illustrations in Mariegole, the illuminated statute books of the devotional guilds and the various “national” congregations in Venice during the Middle Ages.


The meeting on 10th March, will be devoted to Musical Listening in the Age of Technological Reproduction. Edited by Gianmario Borio, this is the first book in a new series entitled  “Musical Cultures of the Twentieth Century”, of which he is also series editor for publishers Ashgate.

The book will be discussed by Simon Zagorski-Thomas and Francesco Giomi.

After the presentation there will be a concert, that is made possible thanks to the collaboration between the Conservatory of Music “Benedetto Marcello” and the Institute for Music of Fondazione Giorgio Cini. Federica Lotti (Flute and Piccolo) and Florindo Baldissera (guitar) will play pieces by Bruno Bettinelli , Giacomo Manzoni , Fausto Romitelli and Camillo Togni.

Download here the concert program


Lastly, on 17th March, Simona Marchini and Fortunato Ortombina will present Il Teatro di Pierluigi Samaritani, a catalogue of the stage designs and documents in the Samaritani Archive, now in the Fondazione Giorgio Cini Theatre Study Centre.

The book also includes a thorough critical inquiry by Maria Ida Biggi into the art of the Piedmont stage designer.