Cicogna: The visit of the Archduke of Austria in Venice (1817)

The page of a diary written by a Venetian public official in 1817 provides us with a revealing insight into the issue of outstanding restitutions following the Napoleonic spoliations of 1797. A diplomatic visit becomes the stage to show the sense of loss and illegitimate oppression felt by the dispossessed, along with their attempt to channel such emotions into a claim instead of surrendering in weary resignation.

commented by Matilde Cartolari

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