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Eye of the Expert: Ecco Venezia, Behold Venice

Monday, January 15, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Registration is requested
Members: $20

Eye of the Expert: Ecco Venezia, Behold Venice

Join Curator of Rare Books John Buchtel, William D. Hacker Head of Reader Services Mary Warnement, and Director of Education Hannah Weisman for a journey to Venice via the Boston Athenæum’s special collections. From a spectacularly intricate, hand-colored panorama of the Grand Canal, to John Ruskin’s magnificent folio volume of illustrations of Venetian architecture, from a hand-corrected typscript of Venice by Jan Morris, to a thoughtfully assembled photograph album, participants will be transported to the city that has captivated scores of artists, writers, and travelers since the nineteenth century.

John Buchtel is curator of rare books and head of special collections at the Boston Athenæum. He previously served as director of the Booth Family Center for Special Collections at Georgetown University, as well as curator of rare books in the Sheridan Libraries at The Johns Hopkins University. He earned his PhD in English at the University of Virginia, while concurrently acting as curator of the teaching collections at Rare Book School. He has taught, lectured, and published on the history of the book, book collecting, and early modern literary patronage.

Mary Warnement joined the staff of the Boston Athenæum in 2002 upon completion of her MLS at Simmons College, becoming William D. Hacker Head of Reader Services in 2009. She received her BA from Saint Mary’s College and her MA from the University of Toronto. Warnement completed doctoral coursework at Loyola University, Chicago, where she discovered her true calling while working in a library. Trained as an historian of the Middle Ages, Warnement now enjoys fielding questions dealing with all time periods across all cultures, not to mention helping readers find what should be next on their list.

Hannah Weisman is director of education at the Boston Athenæum. She has worked in museum education at a number of organizations, including Shelburne Museum (Vermont) and Historic Newton since earning a master’s degree in museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program (SUNY Oneonta). She holds a bachelor’s degree in German studies and Holocaust studies from Mount Holyoke College.

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Auto-generated captions are available for most virtual programs. To request live captioning or other accommodations, please contact Hannah Weisman at or 617-720-7617 at least four business days prior to the event.