The Venetian Heritage of Dalmatia (Or the “Balkan” Heritage of Venice?)

By Thomas E. Schweigert.

Published by The Arts Collection

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The region of Dalmatia has been contested for millennia, going back at least to the Illyrians, Greeks and Romans. Subsequently, Slavs, Latin Dalmatians, Byzantines, Venetians, Hungarians and Ottomans also vied for control.
Venice maintained some kind of presence in Istria and on the Dalmatian Coast from the Kvarner Gulf down to the Montenegrin littoral for eleven hundred years. The town of Kotor on the Bay of Kotor in present-day Montenegro was
formally under Venetian administration from 1420 until the demise of sovereign Venice in 1797. Evidence of this Venetian presence can still be seen today in the region’s preserved art, sculpture and architecture, where the Lion
of Saint Mark adorns the main gate to Kotor. Present day Italian narratives of this Venetian Renaissance (and later)
heritage, however, overlook an older, common heritage
shared by Venice and Dalmatia (Latin and Slavic), that of
the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire.

Keywords: Art and Cultural Heritage, Art and Nationalism

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 5, pp.351-362. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.170MB).

Dr. Thomas E. Schweigert

Professor, Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, Whitewater, Wisconsin, USA

I am a professor of economics with an interest in international, development, and comparative economics. My regional focus had been Latin America where I have done research in Panama and Guatemala and taught in Costa Rica, but I have since broadened out to include Southeastern Europe and the EU. I was a Fulbright scholar in 2007-08 in Montenegro and produced the paper, “International Tourism, Multinational State, National Museum?: National identity and national narratives in Montenegro’s museums” for the International Journal of the Inclusive Museum.


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