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July 16 2024

Exhibition Doge's Palace Venice: THE WORLDS OF MARCO POLO

THE WORLDS OF MARCO POLO THE JOURNEY OF A 13TH–CENTURY VENETIAN MERCHANT From 6 April to 29 September, 2024 Venice, Doge’s Palace – Doge’s Apartments Exhibition organized as part of the initiatives promoted by the City of Venice and the National Committee for the Celebrations of the 700th Anniversary of the death of Marco Polo

THE WORLDS OF MARCO POLO THE JOURNEY OF A 13TH–CENTURY VENETIAN MERCHANT From 6 April to 29 September, 2024 Venice, Doge’s Palace – Doge’s Apartments

Exhibition organized as part of the initiatives promoted by the City of Venice and the National Committee for the Celebrations of the 700th Anniversary of the death of Marco Polo, led by Mayor Luigi Brugnaro. With the special collaboration of Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia and the Italian Cultural Institute of Shanghai

Marco Polo (1254-1324) was certainly the most illustrious traveller of the Middle Ages and beyond. Before and after him others successfully made journeys to the East. But Marco Polo, by his extraordinary Travels (original entitled Il Milione), is undoubtedly the best-known and most celebrated figure to have travelled from the West to the Far East and to have left a full and richly documented account of what he saw. The Venetian Marco Polo, moreover, not only described most of Asia in a broadly reliable way, but also acted as the supreme interpreter and representative of the international mercantile character of his homeland Venice.

Celebrating Marco Polo and his travels 700 years after his death provides an important opportunity to recount his superlative and incomparable life and his knowledge of those distant lands and peoples [his books were written “so that people may know the things that exist in the world…”]. It also reveals the relations between these different worlds today and how the “Silk Roads” have not lost their importance or relevance. The exhibition will be divided into several sections. It starts by illustrating the character of Venice and its trade in the first half of the 14th century, as well as the role of travel in Venetian commerce before and after the experience of the Polo family: cartography – Venetian and other – for example, and how far the stories and itineraries of merchants influenced this science.

Exhibition opening hours 9.00 – 19.00 (last entrance at 18.00) Every day From 6 April to 29 September 2024

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