Rio Vitale, President of Ciao St Louis is St Louis Proud
Registration begins at 11:30am at Berra Park (corner of Macklind & Daggett)
Enjoy wine tasting throughout the neighborhood plus receive a souvenir wine glass with the event logo. Admission includes: Souvenir sampling cup; Sample wine tasting at participating locations; Discounts and treats at many participating shops, restaurants and markets; multiple activity hubs with music and entertainment.
Italian Club of St. Louis February Meeting
Wednesday, February 21 6:30 pm
Favazza’s Banquet Center
$30 members/$35 non-members
The Venetian Carnevale: History, Paintings and Masks
Dr. Cynthia Stollhans, Saint Louis University
Venice is one of the most beautiful and unforgettable cities of the world. She has been called La Serenissima,” “Queen of the Adriatic,” “City of Water,” and “City of Canals.” And, whether one visited 500 years ago or yesterday, you quickly learn that Venice is the European capital for Carnevale celebrations.
Carnevale in Venice is like no other experience. Dr. Cynthia Stollhans, Professor of Art History at Saint Louis University, will present the origins of the Carnevale celebrations as well as examine aspects of visual culture: paintings and masks. With Venetian paintings she will illustrate the Carnevale sins of seeking sexual pleasures, gambling, drinking, and throwing eggs. Often these activities were conducted while wearing a mask to hide one’s true identity. Through the years the tradition of wearing masks, often based on Commedia dell’arte characters, evolved into a popular art form which still thrives in today’s world.