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Killing the MoonlightModernism in Venice$
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Jennifer Scappettone

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231164320

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231164320.001.0001

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Venetian Modernity

Venetian Modernity

A Troubled Present

(p.1) Introduction: Venetian Modernity
Killing the Moonlight

Jennifer Scappettone

Columbia University Press

This introductory chapter traces the material and ideological pressures placed by modernity on the legacy of Romantic Venice over the past 150 years. Whether tempted by Venetian clichés or disdained by them, many post-Romantic artists found a motive for innovation in Venice—they located material forms of historical duration in the cityscape, forms that shunned both romantic kitsch and monumental classicism. Venice becomes the focal point of a critique of modernism across theory and practice, flourishing in particular at the Architectural Institute of Venice. Venetian postmodern narratives reflect these reassessments of Venice's potential, treating the city as a point of resistance to imperial fictions and a matrix of the open work.

Keywords:   modernity, Romantic Venice, Venetian clichés, romantic kitsch, monumental classicism, Architectural Institute of Venice

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