Title: Mongol Eurasia in the Trecento Veneto
Mongolská Eurasie v Benátsku čtrnáctého století
Source document: Convivium. 2020, vol. 7, iss. 1, pp. -135
ISSN2336-3452 (print)2336-808X (online)
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When the tomb of Cangrande della Scala (d. 1329), ruler of Verona, was opened in 1921, it was found to contain an array of silks from Central Asia. These textiles are a reminder of the important links between the Veneto and Eurasian trade around 1300 – l'età di Marco Polo. With the rise of the interconnected Mongol states from the mid-thirteenth century, Venice became a gateway between Europe and the Asian world: people and ideas, as well as materials and objects of value, moved as both commodities and gifts. This essay explores some of the ways that Mongol Eurasia penetrated the collective imagination and material culture of the fourteenth-century Veneto. The goal is to think about the larger context and implications of these links, and Venice's function within them. What emerges is less a fascination with the exotic than an inclination to absorb new images, stories, materials, and objects into the native cultural models.