Bachelor of Arts
San Marco, Composite, Objects, Art
San Marco’s composite objects combine art of contrasting style and origin, resulting in a united piece made out of two or three discrete parts. These objects defy easy categorization; they were made into composite objects by the Venetians, far from where much of the source material was from, with specific intent. I argue that the composite objects should be viewed as translations, which requires repositioning the object's exact origin point as only one component of its identity, rather than its defining aspect. Rather than classify the objects by their "first life", I will instead organize them based on the different ways diversity was utilized in these objects, as the “foreign” elements of the composite objects either display a sense of shared global taste, with Venice imitating other Mediterranean composite styles, or a uniquely Venetian arrangement.
Rasmussen, Claire, "Circular Inspirations: Medieval Mediterranean Influence in the Treasury of San Marco" (2019). Honors Papers. 133.