Online Conference: The church of Santa Maria dei Servi & the Venetian community of the Servants of Mary, 3-4 December 2020

When the Servites arrived in Venice in 1314 they were a small religious community. Thanks to the immediate support they received from both the local authorities and population, they settled in the neighborhood of Cannaregio, in the parish once of San Marziale, where they build their first wooden oratory in 1316. In 1330 they began the foundation of their mother church, Santa Maria dei Servi, a monumental Gothic construction which extended for three quarters of the Servite island and whose massive proportions are still perceivable in Jacopo de Barbari’s View of Venice (1500). Once completed around mid-sixteenth century, Santa Maria dei Servi could be compared for its architectural magnificence and its splendid furnishings to the main churches of the other Mendicant Orders, first and foremost the Dominican Santi Giovanni e Paolo and the Franciscan Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.

What remains of the Servite Church today is a pale memory of its past grandeur. After the fall of the Republic of Venice and the subsequent Napoleonic suppressions, Santa Maria dei Servi was slowly torn down, its altars dismantled or sold in pieces, and all the paintings and sculptures either lost or disseminated in Venice or elsewhere. Fragments of the perimeter’s walls, two portals, and the outer shell of the Chapel of Lucchesi merged with the Institute Canal-Marovich. This conference has the primary scope to reconstruct the history of the church and its convent, which was the headquarter of the Servite Order in Venice. From their arrival in Venice until the eighteenth century, the Servite friars played a major role in the city’s political, social-economic, and cultural context. The prestigious commissions engaged by the friars for the decoration of their church (such as the numerous altars and the Doges’ tombs), the relationships established with a number of powerful patrician families, and the friars’ literary production serve to attest the predominance of their order in the lagoon.

The conference will take place online, using Zoom platform. To participate, you must register by filling the form available here by December 1st 2020.

Fill in the form indicating all the sessions of the conference you intend to attend. Participants will receive an email with instructions on how to access the telematic platform.

PROGRAM

3 December 2020, 9.30-13.00

SESSION 1: “I Servi e Venezia: il radicamento della comunità e la chiesa nel XIV secolo. Prima parte”

9.30-9.45: Welcome
9.45-10.00: Introduction, Eveline Baseggio Omiccioli, Tiziana Franco, Luca Molà
10.00: Raffaella Citeroni (Padova), “L’arrivo dei Servi di Maria nel Veneto e il loro insediamento a Venezia” 
10.30-11.00: Ludovica Galeazzo (Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies) “L’isola dei Servi: trasformazioni del tessuto urbano e sociale tra XIV e XIX secolo”
11.00-11.30: break
11.30-12.00: Davide Tramarin (Università degli Studi di Padova), “Santa Maria dei Servi. L’architettura della chiesa e del convento nel contesto della Venezia tardogotica”
12.00-12.30:Angela Squassina (Università Iuav di Venezia), Francesco Trovò (Soprintendenza ABAP per il Comune di Venezia e laguna), “La muratura della chiesa dei Servi nella storia della costruito materiale di Venezia. Conoscenza e valorizzazione”
12.30-13.00: discussion

3 December 2020, 15.00-18.00

SESSION 2: “I Servi e Venezia: il radicamento della comunità e la chiesa nel XIV secolo. Seconda parte”

15.00-15.30: Tiziana Franco (Università degli Studi di Verona), “Le tombe di epoca medievale”
15.30-16.00: Eveline Baseggio Omiccioli (Fashion Institute of Technology, NY), “The choir screen at Santa Maria dei Servi: its layout, decoration, and function”
16.00-16.30: break
16.30-17.00: Luca Molà (Warwick University), “Le manifatture nell’area di S. Fosca: il saponifico della famiglia Vendramin (XIV-XVI secolo)”
17.00-17.30: Valentina Baradel (Università degli Studi di Padova), “L’oratorio del Volto Santo: decorazione e culto”
17.30-18.00 discussion

4 December 2020, 9.30-13.00

SESSION 3: “La chiesa dei Servi. Arte, devozione e cultura dal XV al XVII secolo. Prima parte”

10.00-10.30: Valentina Sapienza (Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia), “Una pala per la scuola dei Tintori ai Servi : Leonardo Corona e l’eredità dei grandi maestri veneziani del Cinquecento”
10.30-11.00: Damir Tulić (Università degli Studi di Rijeka/Fiume), “Le sculture e gli altari del Settecento nella chiesa di Santa Maria dei Servi”.
11.00-11.30: break
11.30-12.00: Manlio Leo Mezzacasa (Università degli Studi di Padova), “Un Tesoro perduto: le orificerie sacre della Chiesa dei Servi”
12.00-12.30: Alessia Giachery (Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Venezia), “Libri dispersi e libri ritrovati: sulle tracce dei Serviti di Venezia”
12.30-13.00 discussion

4 December 2020, 15.00-18.00

SESSION 4: “La chiesa dei Servi. Arte, devozione e cultura dal XV al XVII secolo. Seconda parte”

15.00-15.30: Liv Deborah Walberg (Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania), “The Cult of the Madonna of Loreto in Early Modern Venice and the Cecchini Altar at Santa Maria dei Servi”
15.30-16.00:  Amy Namowitz Worthen (Des Moines Art Center), “Gasparino Borro at Santa Maria dei Servi”.
16.00-16.30: Eloise Davies (Peterhouse, University of Cambridge), “Sarpi, Micanzio and Bedell: an Anglo-Venetian encounter at the monastery of Santa Maria dei Servi, 1607–10”
16.30-17.00: break
17.00-17.30: Alessandra Schiavon (Archivio di Stato di Venezia), “Santa Maria dei Servi: la soppressione della comunità e la conseguente dispersione del suo patrimonio storico artistico”
17.30-18.00: Nora Gietz (Warwick University), “Il destino dei Servi in età napoleonica (1806-14) e oltre”
18.00-18.30: discussion

Published by Roisin Astell

Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

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