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The Golden Age of Venice SOLSC 23

23 Mar

I spent yesterday afternoon and evening in Venice. Not the Venice of today, but La Serenissima, the Venie between the early 16th century and the fall of the Venetian Republic at the close of the 18th century.

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The Portland Art Museum currently has an exhibit entitled Venice: The Golden Age of Art and Music. I actually went to entice thirty years ago so my memories are rather hazy. Yesterday made me want to go back.  As my friend and I wandered we learned a little about Venice’s history and it’s place in the world of music, art and politics. She had been to Venice more recently and was able to add personal stories to things we saw.   Along with the paintings, the exhibition includes prints, drawings, illuminated manuscripts and sculptures along with original period instruments and early music texts. This was my favorite musical instrument

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an ancestor of the oboe, made of wood and covered in leather. It was about 3 or 4 feet long.

There is a digital tour if you would like to go too.

After the museum visot and dinner we attended a concert in the ballroom featuring Cappella Romana singing religious songs of the eriod composed by Baldassare Galuppi and Dmitri  Bortniansky, and The Portland Baroque Orchestra performing Vivaldi.   A beautiful day of art, followed by a sublime evening of music. It was truly a great way to begin Spring Break

My weekend in Renaissance Venice

21 Sep

I didn’t have much of a summer vacation because of summer school. So, thank goodness I can live vicariously through books.

This weekend, I’m in Renaissance Venice, courtesy of Falcon in the Glass, by Susan Fletcher.

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I actually visited Venice way back in 1983, when I was an exchange student in Denmark, so I can really visualize the story as I read. Even if you haven’t been to Venice, Susan Fletcher’s vivid recreation of the setting makes it easy to imagine what our hero, Renzo sees and experiences. She also manages to bring the history and beauty of glassblowing in Murano to life without being didactic.

Here’s the story in a nutshell:

Renzo, a twelve-year-old laborer in a glassworks, has just a few months to prepare for a test of his abilities, and no one to teach him. If he passes, he will qualify as a skilled glassblower. If he fails, he will be expelled from the glassworks. Becoming a glassblower is his murdered father’s dying wish for him, and the means of supporting his mother and sister. But Renzo desperately needs another pair of hands to help him turn the glass as he practices at night. One night he is disturbed by a bird–a small falcon–that seems to belong to a girl hiding in the glassworks. Soon Renzo learns about her and others like her–the bird people, who can communicate with birds and are condemned as witches. He tries to get her to help him and discovers that she comes with baggage: ten hungry bird-kenning children who desperately need his aid. Caught between devotion to his family and his art and protecting a group of outcast children, Renzo struggles for a solution that will keep everyone safe.

A great read for kids who love historical fiction.

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