Ketubah (prenuptial agreement) Diana bat Gavri’el Barak Caravaglio and Mošeh ben Ya’aqov Baruk Caravaglio 1723 (14 Nissan 5483) Gouache and ink on sagomated parchment mm 920 × 665 Venezia, Museo Correr – Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe, Ketubbah 17 © Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia

The exhibition “Venice, the Jews and Europe. 1516–2016” will be the highlight of the Quincentennial year of the Jewish Ghetto. Organized in collaboration with MUVE foundation of Venice in the prestigious venue of the Doge’s Palace, it will be a visible and symbolic event to mark this historic anniversary.

The exhibition, curated by Donatella Calabi, leading expert on the urban history of the Jewish Ghetto of Venice, aims at underscoring the wealth of relationships between the Jews and civic society throughout the history of their long residence 
in the lagoon, in the Veneto, and in Europe and 
the Mediterranean. It will recount the story of the Ghetto’s settlement, its growth, its architecture, 
its society, its trades, its daily life, and the relationships between the Jewish minority and the city at large, within the context of its relationships with other Jewish settlements in Europe and the Mediterranean basin.

The best of Venetian Jewish art and culture meet advanced and effective multimedia languages to show the reciprocal influence between the Jews and the society around them. (Paintings depicting biblical subjects will symbolize the age-old symbiosis between the Old Testament and the Veneto landscape).

The virtual reconstruction of the Ghetto in its various historical phases will make it possible to trace the neighborhood’s development. Important, recently restored, silver ceremonial objects will help explain Jewish religious customs and traditions, fusing art and craftsmanship with culture. Books will bear witness to the extraordinary importance of Venetian Jewish printing, which was
the first in Europe, through the example of the Talmud printed in Venice first and still in use today throughout
the world.

Exhibition venue: The Doge’s Apartments at The Doge’s Palace in Venice

Multimedia contents: Studio Azzurro – Multimedia contents are offered in collaboration with and with the support of Fondazione di Venezia

Catalogue (in Italian and in English) by Marsilio

Download the brochure here.


Opening: from June 19th to November 13th, 2016.

Complete information on tickets and opening hours  here


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