Professor Angela Caracciolo Aricò has died on March 11 2015 in Venice after a lengthy illness. Associate professor of Italian at the Università Ca’ Foscari and prolific scholar of Venetian and Aragonese Renaissance culture, until the very last day “la professoressa” – as her numerous pupils used to call her – continued working on her scholarly pursuits, which included the work of Jacopo Sannazaro, the relationship between Venetian literature and the visual arts and, most importantly, the life and work of Marin Sanudo the Younger.
“What you want to study, you first need to love it” – she once said to her colleague and friend Gian Carlo Alessio. Proofs of this love are – among other things – decades of painstaking research in the archives of Venice, the publication of four influential monographs and dozens of articles, the foundation of the internationally renowned Centro di Studi Medievali e Rinascimentali “Emmanuele Antonio Cicogna”, the organization of conferences in Italy and abroad, and the careful supervision of countless doctoral students.
The single-handed reappraisal of Marin Sanudo, however, is perhaps the finest product of Prof. Caracciolo’s passionate scholarship. By lovingly unearthing Sanudo’s habitation, library, circle of friends, artistic taste and unpublished works, she rediscovered a great man and intellectual, where historians had only seen a documentary source.