Chapter Two: Venice and the Islamic World

Lamp for the Mausoleum of Amir Aidakin al-'Ala'i al-Bunduqdar

Lamp for the Mausoleum of Amir Aydakin al-'Ala'i al-Bunduqdar, after 1285. Egypt

After reading this chapter, you will be able to:

  • identify how factors such as trade and diplomacy led to artistic exchange between Venice and the Islamic world during the thirteenth through the sixteenth centuries
  • recognize visual evidence of exchange in works of art

Venice began trading with the Islamic world as early as the eighth century.

Trade between the Venetians and Mamluks began as early as the thirteenth century and profited both empires, strengthening their diplomatic ties.

Throughout the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the Venetian and Ottoman empires were trading partners—a mutually beneficial relationship providing each with access to key ports and valuable goods.

The Islamic world influecend artistic and scientific growth in Venice.

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Unit Seven: Chapter Two Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan: Venice and the
Islamic World

Students will be able to recognize evidence of artistic exchange and mutual influence between Venice and the Islamic world in works of art and use informational texts as a resource to substantiate inferences.

Velvet fragment

The lesson plan related to Venice and the Islamic World features a sixteenth-century velvet fragment from Turkey.