Save the date: If the walls could talk: experiences of quarantine and plague in early modern Venice with Jane Stevens Crawshaw
The Venetian Republic – like the rest of early modern Europe – experienced devastating outbreaks of the periods’s most feared disease: plague. This lecture will take us onto the two lagoon islands which, for centuries, were used as plague hospitals for the city. On both the lazaretto vecchio and lazaretto nuovo, material culture survives in the form of carvings, buildings and graffiti which allows us to explore diverse experiences of quarantine and epidemic disease in the early modern city.
Dr Jane Stevens Crawshaw is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern European History at Oxford Brookes University. Her current research project 'Cleaning Up Renaissance Italy', funded by the Leverhulme Trust, is a study of public health and urban cleanliness in Genoa and Venice. Her first book, published in 2012, was the first study of Venice's two plague hospital islands during the early modern period. This developed out of her doctoral work which was completed at the University of Cambridge in 2008.