Venice is a city in the northeast of Italy, spread across 118 islands in the Venetian Lagoon. Until the eighteenth century, it was the capital of the Republic of Venice; it is now the capital city of the Veneto region. During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the Republic of Venice was a major maritime power and a financial center. During the Italian Renaissance, Venice was one of the most important cultural centers, along with Florence and Rome. Famous Venetians include Antonio Vivaldi, Marco Polo, and Giacomo Casanova. Venice features prominently in Shakespeare’s “Othello” and “The Merchant of Venice,” Henry James’s The Wings of the Dove, and Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited.


Latitude: 45.436985702387
Longitude: 12.336144447327

Timeline of Events Associated with Venice

Date Event Manage

da Vinci's Vitruvian Man

1 Feb 1499

The Venice clock tower

The Venice clock tower was one of the most complex mechanisms because it told the time, showed the phases of the moon and showed the constellations in the sky and also had robots (automata). Leonardo da Vinci was visiting Venice when the clock tower was unveiled.


Gallerie dell’Accaedmia acquires the "Vitruvian Man"

In 1822, the "Vitruvian Man" was moved to The Gallerie dell’Accaedmia in Venice. Today, it is the current house of the "Vitruvian Man", which is kept in a dim room to keep its authenticity. In person, it is clear to see the meticulousand precise lines  of the male figure and attracts many tourists each year. However, it is rarely on display according to dissapointed travelers on TripAdvisor.


Isaacson, Walter. “Vitruvian Man”. Leonardo Da Vinci. Simon & Schuster, 2017.

1 Jan 1853

Stones of Venice, vol. 2

Portrait of John RuskinIn 1853, John Ruskin published The Stones of Venice, Vol. 2. This work included the chapter “On the Nature of Gothic,” which makes a forceful statement of the close connections between labor, justice, beauty, and “truth to nature.” This was part of a larger reconsideration of aesthetics in which Ruskin privileged “truth to nature” over traditional, idealized, and formal beauty, which in turn supported new art movements such as Pre-Raphaelitism and new social uses of art, such as public art exhibitions and museums. Exact month of publication unknown; if you have information about the correct date, please email with this information. Image: Portrait of John Ruskin. This image is in the public domain in the United States because its copyright has expired.


Amy Woodson-Boulton, “The City Art Museum Movement and the Social Role of Art”

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14 Jun 1866 to 2 Aug 1866

Austro-Prussian War

Battle of Koniggratz, paintingAustro-Prussian War (also known as the Third Italian Independence War or the Seven Weeks’ War), was fought from 14 June 1866 to 23 August 1866, after which Italy gains Venice from Austria. Image: The Battle of Königgrätz, by Georg Bleibtreu. This image is in the public domain in the United States because its copyright has expired.


Alison Chapman, "On Il Risorgimento"

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