Dresden's fascination with Venice explored

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30 October 2007, Dresden, Germany (dpa) - The fascination exerted by the Italian city of Venice on the Saxon kings is to be explored by art historians at a November 9-10 conference in Dresden, Germany.

30 October 2007

Dresden, Germany (dpa) - The fascination exerted by the Italian city of Venice on the Saxon kings is to be explored by art historians at a November 9-10 conference in Dresden, Germany.

In the 18th century, Dresden even had a gondola transport service, with a port for the Venetian-style boats built on the Elbe River.

The court of the kingdom of Saxony had been captivated since the late 17th century by the Venetian republic, which impressed large numbers of visitors with its elaborate celebrations at carnival time, the organizers explained Tuesday.

The Technical University of Dresden's Italian studies centre, the State Art Foundation and the city of Dresden culture department are jointly organizing the conference.

Venice not only had elaborate ceremonials unfamiliar to the Germans but also sophisticated arts and music.

Bernardo Bellotto, the nephew of the Venetian artist Canaletto, lived in Dresden from 1747 to 1758 and did paintings of the cities of Dresden and Pirna in vedute style.

Heinrich Schuetz, a German composer, learned to write opera during studies in Venice at the start of the 17th century.

DPA

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