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The examples of opera houses in the following chapters demonstrate developments and changes in opera house design that improved acoustics through their use of varied materials, interior decorations, and differing ground plans. This study begins with…


Orderly rows of plants painted with botanical specificity by Vittore Carpaccio (c. 1460-1525/6 CE) were observed along the lower edges of several paintings within the cycle portraying the Legend of Saint Ursula, commissioned by the Scuola di Sant'…


In Venice, a city known for its splendor and luxury, gold took many forms; its value and importance to the Republica and the world of Venetian art cannot be overlooked. By investigating the various aspects of the market for this precious metal in…