Venice and the sea


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.