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© Rosella Mamoli Zorzi and Katherine Manthorne. Copyright of individual chapters is maintained by the chapters’ authors.

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ISBN Paperback: 978-1-78374-549-4

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DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0151

Cover image: Jacopo Tintoretto, The Adoration of the Magi, Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice (graphic elaboration by Pier Giovanni Possamai, The University of Venice, Ca’ Foscari). Cover design: Anna Gatti

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