Our Mission


Venetian Heritage Inc. is a group of like-minded individuals who come together to safeguard Venice’s cultural patrimony through the preservation of the former Republic’s legacy of art, architecture, literature and music and through the promotion and exhibition of Venice’s rich contributions to the arts.

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Venetian Heritage Inc. strives to:

  • provide for projects which maintain and restore artwork and traditions of Venetian culture, with over 75% of the organization’s activities focused on assuring a future for the many historical works of art which are in immediate danger of serious harm due to environmental and economic factors affecting the city;

  • encourage cooperation and discourse among other organizations involved in similar efforts throughout the world to ensure that we are doing our best for the city and that we are using the most cutting-edge resources; and

  • arrange exhibitions, lectures, and performances in museums, libraries, theaters, and universities to further promote the organization’s goals and efforts, as well as a love and appreciation for Venice’s cultural heritage.


Our Board

Venetian Heritage was founded in 1999 by Lawrence D. Lovett, a man of great culture, sensibility, and generosity. Deeply enamored with Venice, he focused his love of the city into a commitment to help save the many buildings, sculptures, paintings, and works of art at risk from the ravages of time and flooding and to promote Venetian culture to the wider world. 

Larry gathered friends and colleagues to establish a devoted and knowledgeable group made up of art historians, architects, philanthropists, all prominent Americans and Europeans. Charged by their mission to protect and to share their love of Venetian culture, the board has tirelessly supported projects all across the former Republic, highlighting the city’s importance across the region. With just a small staff, the Board of Venetian Heritage has employed the strengths of its directors with great yield.

Under the new chairmanship of Peter Marino, Venetian Heritage looks forward to the next decade of work, to continuing our role in ensuring the cultural contributions of Venice and the surrounding region are preserved for study and enjoyment.



Peter Marino

Vice Chairman


Mrs. Donald K. Miller



Carolyn H. Miner

Vice Presidents

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Alexis Gregory


Rodman Primack


Thomas C. Quick



Maury Riad



Caroline Levy-Mazella di Bosco

Managing Directors

HSH Prince Pierre d’Arenberg

Emilio Ambasz

Deborah Berke

Mrs. Kenneth A. Buckfire

Mrs. Teresa A. L. de Bulgheroni

Michael L. Cioffi

Steven Harris

Suzan Sabanci Dinçer

Christine Hearst Schwarzman

Joseph J. Sitt

Brian Swardstrom

Becca Cason Thrash

Ari Wiseman


Contact Us


Venetian Heritage Inc.
P.O. Box 1358
New York, NY 10150

+1 (212) 421 0062


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