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Congratulations to Professor Szépe, co-editor of new book

Congratulations to Dr. Helena Szépe, Professor of Art History and co-editor of the new book, The Female Monastery of Santa Croce alla Giudecca. Spaces, books and images in Venice between the Middle Ages and Modernity, eds. G. Guidarelli, C. Ponchia, H. K. Szepe, F. Toniolo, Rome: Viella, 2024.

The female Benedictine monastery of Santa Croce alla Giudecca was considered especially holy in fifteenth-century Venice. Led by prestigious abbesses governing under strict religious reforms, it held the precious body of the eastern saint Athanasius and was the site of miracles.

This book is the first entirely dedicated to the nunnery and considers the site, its buildings, and remaining manuscripts, books, and documents from the monastery's inception through the restorations of the buildings in the 19th and 20th centuries. While much has been lost, the authors have been able to analyze tantalizing and unique remains, including extremely rare architectural plans of the fifteenth century that were made for the nuns. Numerous manuscripts, books, and documents, many previously unstudied, are also considered here to illuminate the artistic, religious, and social contributions of this important Venetian institution.

Szépe specializes in the study of the illustration of ancient manuscripts and printed books. Additional information on Professor Szépe’s recent work can be found here:

About the publisher:

Viella is an Italian publisher specializing in history, history of art, philology, and social sciences. Viella publishes 8 journals (Asia Maior, Critica del testo, Genesis, Il mestiere di storico, Ludica, Meridiana, Storica, Studj Romanzi. Nuova serie) and several book series (e.g. I libri di Viella, I libri di Viella. Arte, Altomedioevo, La corte dei papi, Sacro/santo, La storia. Temi, La storia. Saggi, Storia delle donne e di genere, La memoria restituita, Pacta veneta, Scritture e libri del Medioevo, Ius nostrum, Valdarno medievale, etc.). Viella's authors are renowned and young scholars as well. All Viella books and journals go through a peer-review process.