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San Marco 2159, Venice, 30124, Italy   •   Local Time:     •   Phone: +39 041 2400001   

From the 27th of January until the 13th of February the Carnival of Venice takes place. One of the oldest and internationally known festivals celebrated in Venice, the Venice Carnival dates back to the XI century when it was established by Venetian oligarchy to grant common people a period of complete amusement during the year. Through the anonymity provided by masks and costumes, people were able to experience moments of apparent social equality and make fun of authorities and aristocrats.

Nowadays, to roam the city dress up in traditional masked costumes is synonymous with re-living the mysterious, dreamlike atmosphere of a unique event; Venetian masks, beholding you before disappearing around a corner or under a tiny “sottoportego” evoke fantasies of what the city would have been like during the XVIII century, when the Carnival reached its maximum splendour.

San Marco 2159, Venice, 30124, Italy   •   Local Time:     •   Phone: +39 041 2400001   

From the 27th of January until the 13th of February the Carnival of Venice takes place. One of the oldest and internationally known festivals celebrated in Venice, the Venice Carnival dates back to the XI century when it was established by Venetian oligarchy to grant common people a period of complete amusement during the year. Through the anonymity provided by masks and costumes, people were able to experience moments of apparent social equality and make fun of authorities and aristocrats.

Nowadays, to roam the city dress up in traditional masked costumes is synonymous with re-living the mysterious, dreamlike atmosphere of a unique event; Venetian masks, beholding you before disappearing around a corner or under a tiny “sottoportego” evoke fantasies of what the city would have been like during the XVIII century, when the Carnival reached its maximum splendour.

ISBN: 9781904634928
Artist(s): Peter Blake
Author(s): Sir Peter Blake
Format: hardback
Edition: -
Year published: 2009
Publisher: Enitharmon
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 60
Illustrations: Includes 21 colour plates

Peter Blake, founding father of British Pop Art, has been producing quirky and inventive collages since the mid-1950s, when he was in his early twenties. His Venice Fantasies, made in his mid-seventies with the same lightness of touch and fresh eye that has distinguished all his work, are marked by his characteristic wry humour and unerring sense of the absurd.

Each of the 21 images takes as its starting-point a photographic view of Venice from the early 1900s which was part of a concertina set of tourist postcards. One of the images featured in the Venice Fantasies book has recently been released as a limited edition print entitled Dancing over Pallant which was exclusively commissioned for Pallant House Gallery and is also available to purchase on our website.

San Marco 2159, Venice, 30124, Italy   •   Local Time:     •   Phone: +39 041 2400001   

From the 27th of January until the 13th of February the Carnival of Venice takes place. One of the oldest and internationally known festivals celebrated in Venice, the Venice Carnival dates back to the XI century when it was established by Venetian oligarchy to grant common people a period of complete amusement during the year. Through the anonymity provided by masks and costumes, people were able to experience moments of apparent social equality and make fun of authorities and aristocrats.

Nowadays, to roam the city dress up in traditional masked costumes is synonymous with re-living the mysterious, dreamlike atmosphere of a unique event; Venetian masks, beholding you before disappearing around a corner or under a tiny “sottoportego” evoke fantasies of what the city would have been like during the XVIII century, when the Carnival reached its maximum splendour.

ISBN: 9781904634928
Artist(s): Peter Blake
Author(s): Sir Peter Blake
Format: hardback
Edition: -
Year published: 2009
Publisher: Enitharmon
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 60
Illustrations: Includes 21 colour plates

Peter Blake, founding father of British Pop Art, has been producing quirky and inventive collages since the mid-1950s, when he was in his early twenties. His Venice Fantasies, made in his mid-seventies with the same lightness of touch and fresh eye that has distinguished all his work, are marked by his characteristic wry humour and unerring sense of the absurd.

Each of the 21 images takes as its starting-point a photographic view of Venice from the early 1900s which was part of a concertina set of tourist postcards. One of the images featured in the Venice Fantasies book has recently been released as a limited edition print entitled Dancing over Pallant which was exclusively commissioned for Pallant House Gallery and is also available to purchase on our website.

The best, most concise and wittiest summary of A Le Reherche Du Temps Perdu is (surely!) ‘Marcel devient ecrivain’ [Marcel becomes a writer] by Gérard Genette in Figures III .

Reading Ruskin was one of the key stepping stones in Proust finding his voice as a writer, and his time in Venice, journeying in ‘homage’ of Ruskin, is duly mined for use in In Search of Lost Time :

'My mother had brought me for a few weeks to Venice and — as there may be beauty in the most precious as well as in the humblest things — I was receiving there impressions analogous to those which I had felt so often in the past at Combray, but transposed into a wholly different and far richer key.'
(Albertine Disparue, Chapter 3)

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San Marco 2159, Venice, 30124, Italy   •   Local Time:     •   Phone: +39 041 2400001   

From the 27th of January until the 13th of February the Carnival of Venice takes place. One of the oldest and internationally known festivals celebrated in Venice, the Venice Carnival dates back to the XI century when it was established by Venetian oligarchy to grant common people a period of complete amusement during the year. Through the anonymity provided by masks and costumes, people were able to experience moments of apparent social equality and make fun of authorities and aristocrats.

Nowadays, to roam the city dress up in traditional masked costumes is synonymous with re-living the mysterious, dreamlike atmosphere of a unique event; Venetian masks, beholding you before disappearing around a corner or under a tiny “sottoportego” evoke fantasies of what the city would have been like during the XVIII century, when the Carnival reached its maximum splendour.

ISBN: 9781904634928
Artist(s): Peter Blake
Author(s): Sir Peter Blake
Format: hardback
Edition: -
Year published: 2009
Publisher: Enitharmon
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 60
Illustrations: Includes 21 colour plates

Peter Blake, founding father of British Pop Art, has been producing quirky and inventive collages since the mid-1950s, when he was in his early twenties. His Venice Fantasies, made in his mid-seventies with the same lightness of touch and fresh eye that has distinguished all his work, are marked by his characteristic wry humour and unerring sense of the absurd.

Each of the 21 images takes as its starting-point a photographic view of Venice from the early 1900s which was part of a concertina set of tourist postcards. One of the images featured in the Venice Fantasies book has recently been released as a limited edition print entitled Dancing over Pallant which was exclusively commissioned for Pallant House Gallery and is also available to purchase on our website.

The best, most concise and wittiest summary of A Le Reherche Du Temps Perdu is (surely!) ‘Marcel devient ecrivain’ [Marcel becomes a writer] by Gérard Genette in Figures III .

Reading Ruskin was one of the key stepping stones in Proust finding his voice as a writer, and his time in Venice, journeying in ‘homage’ of Ruskin, is duly mined for use in In Search of Lost Time :

'My mother had brought me for a few weeks to Venice and — as there may be beauty in the most precious as well as in the humblest things — I was receiving there impressions analogous to those which I had felt so often in the past at Combray, but transposed into a wholly different and far richer key.'
(Albertine Disparue, Chapter 3)


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