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Bill Dow- USA
Casanova
Casanova at Piombi
   The escape from the “piombi” (the Leads) prison is the most famous adventure of Casanova (Venice 1725 – Dux 1798) and also the most significant of the conflictual, but often ambiguous relation between Giacomo and the Venetian power.
    Casanova was captured by the State Inquisitors and brought to the Piombi (the prisons in the loft of the Ducal Palace) on 26 July 1755. His arrest was not really because of his libertine life style, the possession of prohibited books, the practice of magical arts or because, as the Venetians said, Giacomo was a real “zoetta da merlotti” (a trap for the unwary), but because of the “pernicious” influence he exercised on members of important patrician families and suspected espionage activity.
After months of suffering and once the illusion of a rapid liberation thanks to his powerful protectors passed, Casanova seriously started to think about escaping. After alternating events, together with another prisoner (the Somascan friar Marino Balbi), he managed to perforate the lead covering of the Ducal Palace roof. During the night between 31 October and 1 November 1756, Giacomo and his accomplice went on the roof and then swarmed themselves down again inside the palace from a garret window and from there, thanks to a series of fortunate coincidences, reached the exit and gained freedom.
    Casanova described his experience in Histoire de ma fuite des prisons de la Républic de Venise qu’on appelle les Plombs (Story of my escape from the prisons of the Republic of Venice called Piombi), a fascinating and innovative work from a literary point of view, but from the historical one, for many scholars, it does not correspond to the truth and is reticent.
    Once obtained the pardon in 1774, after 18 years Giacomo returned to Venice and almost as “retaliation“ offer himself as “informant” to those same Inquisitors that had him arrested and forced his long exile.
    However you judge him, Giacomo Casanova was a clever creator of his own personal myth, a figure that has become part of collective imagination; his life (real and imaginary) gave way to literary masterpieces such as The return of Casanova, by Arthur Schnitzler
of 1918 or the The recitation of Bolzano, by Sándor Márai of 1940, and famous films, among which the extraordinary

The Master Sand Sculptors
1.) Susanne Ruseler - Holland
the Doge & The Lion of Venice

2.)
Ilya Filamontsev - Russia
 Invasion of the Goths


3.)
Etual Ojeda -Spain
The relics of St Mark
4.)  Karen Fralich - Canada
The Pope, Barbarossa & the Doge

5.)
Brad Goll - USA
Arsenale & Buccintoro


6.) John Gowdy - Italy
Doctor
7.) John Gowdy - Italy
 Merchants


8.) John Gowdy - Italy
Pprinters

9.) Sikke-Bart Freiling - Netherlands
Santa Maria Salute church
10.) Bill Dow  - USA
Casanova at Piombi


11.)
Leonardo Ugolini - Italy
St Marks Basilica

 
12.)
Michela Ciapinni - Italy
Rialto Bridge

13.) David Ducharme - Canada
The plague


14.)
Andrius Petkus - Lithuania
Old Carnivale

Damon Farmer - USA
Scenic paintings
With:  
Arena Ojeda - Spain       Christine Nichol - Canada       Hazel Nichol Ducharme - Canada      Laura Gowdy Cimador - Italy
And the
 Art Student Helpers
Lisa Longo

Giorgia Lovato
Davide Ercocano

Silvia Trevisan
Giulia Girardi

Beatrice Mattiuzzo
Elisabetiva Botter

Alessio Moggian
Giada Frattina

Noemi Cini

Directed by:  Rich Varano - USA
  Assistant to the Director:  Elena Lana

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