Books at San Giorgio

Venice, Island of San Giorgio Maggiore

Books at San Giorgio, a series of meetings presenting the latest publications concerning or by
the Fondazione Cini, has now reached its thirteenth edition.

On 13 March the latest volume of Studi Veneziani (for the year 2016) will be presented. Edited by the Institute of the History of the Venetian State and Society, this journal explores the manifold aspects of over a thousand years of Venetian history.

On 20 March, the featured book is Il teatro in fotografia. L’immagine della prima attrice italiana fra Otto e Novecento by Marianna Zannoni. This study of leading ladies in Italian theatre at the turn of the 20th century focuses on great divas (Adelaide Ristori, Eleonora Duse and Tina Di Lorenzo) and the way that they were portrayed in a system popularising images and creating myths capable of influencing social customs.

The series will end on 23 March with two books produced by the Institute of Music: Musical Improvisation and Open Forms in the Age of Beethoven edited by Gianmario Borio and Angela Carone, and Studies in Historical Improvisation. From Cantare super Librum to Partimenti edited by Massimiliano Guido. The first book explores the central role of improvisation in both public occasions and the private lives of many artists from the late 18th and to mid-19th century, while the second book deals with the study of improvisation as theorised and practiced from the 16th to the 20th century.