Doge

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Leonardo Loredan (1501) - this is a Doge Doge of Venice, by Giovanni Bellini

A Doge (Italian pronunciation: [ˈdɔːdʒe]; plural dogi or doges) is an elected chief of state lordship, the ruler of the Republic in many of the Italian city states during the medieval and renaissance periods, in the Italian "crowned republics".[1]

Etymology

The word is from is a Venetian[citation needed] word that descends from the Latin dux (as does the English duke and the standard Italian duce and duca), meaning "leader", especially in a military context. The wife of a Doge is styled a Dogaressa.

The title

The title of Doge was used for the elected chief of state in a number of Italian "crowned republics". The two best known such republics were Venice (where he was sometimes called a Doxe) and Genoa (where he was called a Duxe[2] pr. /dyːʒe/ ), which rivalled each other, and the other regional great powers, by building their historical city-states into maritime, commercial, and territorial mini-empires.

Other Italian republics to have Doges were Amalfi and the small town of Senarica.

In several writings of Theodor Herzl, founder of Zionism, he proposed that the future Jewish State take the title of "Doge" for its Head of State - but this was not taken up by the actual state of Israel.

Representation in Art

Venice, especially during the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque, was a major centre of art and developed a unique style known as the Venetian School. In the Middle-Ages and the Renaissance, Venice, along with Florence and Rome, became one of the most important centres of art in Europe, and numerous wealthy Venetians became patrons of the arts. Venice at the time was a rich and prosperous Maritime Republic, which controlled a vast sea and trade empire.[3] In the 16th century, Venetian painting was developed through influences from the Paduan School and Antonello da Messina, who introduced the oil painting technique of the van Eyck brothers. It is signified by a warm colour scale and a picturesque use of colour. Early masters were the Bellini and Vivarini families, followed by Giorgione and Titian, then Tintoretto and Veronese. In the early 16th century, also, there was rivalry between whether Venetian painting should use disegno or colorito.[4] This is the main reason why there is a huge amount of paintings left depicting the different Doge of Venice, while not so many, in fact a very few picturing the of Doge of Genoa and Amalfi.

See also

References

  1. ^ Italian states to 1861 P-V WorldStatesmen.org, Italian states
  2. ^ Gio. Giacomo Cavallo - La cetra genovese - 1630 - p.154: Ballin ambasciou dri pescuei a ro serenissimo Zorzo Centurion, Duxe dra Repubrica de Zena
  3. ^ "The Renaissance in Venice – Art History Basics on the Venetian School – ca 1450–1600". Arthistory.about.com. 2 dec 2013. Retrieved 2 dec 2013. 
  4. ^ "Venetian art around 1500". Webexhibits.org. Retrieved 2 dec. 2013.