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August 26, 2019 – December 15, 2019

This innovative and immersive exhibition introduces the first accurate map of Venice, along with sensational narratives about the city, its noteworthy personalities, and its relevance within the Grand Tour. The Rubenstein Library at Duke University owns a rare copy of the engraved map, created by Ludovico Ughi in 1729. Exceptionally and pristinely maintained in its original sheet format, the Rubenstein version showcases the map’s transportability as a collectible souvenir for the Grand Tour. Venice was a stopping point on the tour, usually during Carnival when tourists could attend lavish parties, witness public festivals and rituals, and participate in extravagant games and fairs— a magical moment in a city floating atop water. An online exhibit was created by the curators and can be viewed here:


Opening, September 5, 2019, 5:00-7:30 p.m. Chappell Family Gallery

Lecture, September 18, 2019, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Rubenstein 153 (Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room)

This exhibition was sponsored in part by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. 

Venice visualization