Every year the Serenissima celebrates its marriage to the sea, the source of its wealth and power for over a thousand years. Here are a couple of resources that give some of the historical context to this ancient tradition:
From the Smithsonian magazine – here.
14 minute section of a lecture by Portland Art Museum curator Dawson Carr on Canaletto’s portrayal of state festivals – begins at 13.22 until 27.30 – here.
A short talk on Canaletto’s ‘The bucintoro’ – here.
‘Casanova in Paris: The Shadows of the King’ is freely available here.
27 long form articles on Casanova’s life and times are freely available here.