'Canaletto and the Art of Venice' screens at opera house

Enjoy a Carnevale experience in Bellows Falls, the 'Venice of Vermont!'

BELLOWS FALLS — RAMParts Presents, in partnership with Exhibition on Screen brings the 90-minute feature film, "Canaletto and the Art of Venice" to the Bellows Falls Opera House on Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. for an immersive journey into the life and art of Venice's famous view-painter. No artist better captures the essence and allure of Venice than Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto.

Included in the ticket price for this film is a Venetian Carnevale experience. From 6 to 7 p.m., the music of famous Italian composer, pianist and conductor, Nino Rota, who scored many operas and films including "La Dolce Vita," "Romeo and Juliet" and "The Godfather." Refreshments include Carnevale street sweets from Keene Confections Pastry Shoppe. An authentic, signed Carnevale mask from Venice, courtesy of Creative Encounters in Keene, N.H., will be raffled off before the film begins. There will be an Italian musical performance, including opera, from 7 to 7:30 p.m., onstage before the film featuring performers Allie McGahie, Zac Binney, Josh Delaney and Lara Germana.

Despite Canaletto's close relationship with the city in which he lived and died, the world's largest collection of his works resides not in his native Italy but in Britain as part of the Royal Collection. In 1762, George III purchased almost the entire collection amassed by Joseph Smith, British Consul in Venice and Canaletto's principal agent. The Royal Collection includes over 200 paintings, drawings and prints on display offering an unparalleled insight into the artistry of Canaletto and his contemporaries, and the city he became a master at capturing. The film also offers the chance to step inside two official royal residences — Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle — to learn more about the artist, and Smith, the man who introduced Canaletto to Britain.

Venice produced some of history's great artists. Canaletto is certainly among them but is often misunderstood. Some might think he simply painted and drew accurate portrayals of Venice landscapes which were then sold to locals and travelers. In fact, Canaletto was a master storyteller in light.

Tickets for "Canaletto and the Art of Venice" are $20 per person which includes the Carnevale celebration and one chance to win the mask. They can be purchased at rampartstickets.com or at the door. Seating is general admission. Contact Susan MacNeil at 603-313-0052, or email susan@svidol.com, for more information.


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