Art Renaissance Lectures

Thursday, April 12, 2018 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Art in Venice – with musical illustrations

                              Carpaccio, The Miracle of the Mad Man, 1496

Art in Venice and Antonio Vivaldi’s music.  A formidable power for centuries, and a successful commercial presence in the Mediterranean, the Middle-East and beyond, Venice never ceased to attract great artists. The city itself, when at the top of its glory, became a work of art that amazes and enchants visitors to this day. The discovery of America and the new trade routes chartered by other European powers marked the decline of the Serenissima. After being defeated by the Turks in the early 18th century and becoming a protectorate of the Austrian empire, Venice gradually lost its political significance, not without an incredible fireworks of talents until the very end. This is the subject of this presentation, illustrated with the music of Venetian native Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741), arguably the most famous violinist and composer of his time — and still today one of the most popular composers who ever lived.

Live participation of Helene Bergeon, soprano

Presentation & Slide Show by Michel Sarda

Please call to reserve your seat.  A $10 contribution is requested to attend the presentation and enjoy the beverages and hors d’oeuvres provided.

Upcoming Dates:

May 10:  Hieronymus Bosch & Peter Bruegel

 June 14:  What is Modern Art?

Shemer Art Center

5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix 85018

(602) 262-4727

About Art Renaissance

The Art Renaissance Foundation (also known as the Art Renaissance Initiative) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) out of Phoenix Arizona. It was established July 1992 as a non-profit promotional vehicle for the large work of music, entitled An American Requiem, that ARI commissioned to ASU composer Dr. James DeMars. This work received subsequent dedications from President Clinton and three Nobel Peace Prize laureates.  With an all volunteer board and executive committee, the foundation has accomplished several cultural innovations over the years such as producing the first Arizona Vivaldi Festival in 1998, and teaching French as a second language to adults through 2000. The foundation currently focuses on lectures and exhibitions of French authors and artists, and has been nominated for the Governor’s Arts Awards in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

ARI keeps in touch with its supporters and friends by hosting a monthly luncheon where guests can meet prominent artists and community members, and by publishing a monthly newsletter, “Renaissance” that develops art-related topics and provides a calendar of upcoming events. To sign up for the monthly newsletter, please e-mail Michel Sarda at