Festa Veneziana a Ca'toga: The Imaginative World of a Venetian Artist in Napa Valley

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Please note: there are two different book jackets with the exact same interior content.In the serene Northern California town of Calistoga, a splendid villa is fronted by stately wrought-iron gates and a small sign reading "Carlo Marchiori, Maestro d'¬?Arte." Ca'¬?toga, as the Palladian-style villa is named, is the home and workshop of Carlo Marchiori, a world-renowned Venice-born artist. In FESTA VENEZIANA A CA'¬?TOGA, Marchiori serves as tour guide, leading us room by room through this live portfolio, providing deeply personal and mysterious explanations for the wonders that abound in his gallery-like residence. Sixteenth century-style frescoes hang in the main salon, hand-painted stone floors accent the library, and antler and bone sculptures embellish the Native American room. Roman ruins, Thai temples, a seashell-encrusted grotto, and an open-air theater sit in archaic splendor on this dreamscape-turned-landscape. A spontaneous and creative expression of his life and work, Ca'¬?toga is Marchiori'¬?s artistic utopia-a work in progress that is a brilliant spectacle to behold. Featuring a fantastic repertoire of ceiling murals, wall decorations, folding screens, painted furniture, ceramics, cast stone garden ornaments, and myriad objets d'art inspired by Greco-Pompeiian mythology, Baroque theater, Venetian carnival, and commedia dell'¬?arte themes. Marchiori offers tours of Ca'¬?toga on Saturday mornings from May to October. Tour tickets and art can be purchased at the Ca'¬?toga Galleria D'¬?Arte, located in Calistoga, California. 

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CARLO MARCHIORI studied at the Instituto Pietro Selvatico in Padua, Italy, and worked in commercial art, film animation, and editorial illustration before mastering the large-scale trompe #&146;oeil murals for which he is internationally renowned. Fifteen years ago, Marchiori began constructing Ca#&146Toga, his Palladian-style combined villa and two-story workshop in Calistoga, California.

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"Under silvery moonlight, the Doric temple in Carlo Marchiori'¬?s garden looks as if it were hewn from Carrara marble. Fluted columns pose heroically on a romantically crumbling foundation. Soaring above are elaborate friezes and fragments of traditional entablature. There'¬?s even a broken pediment. All that'¬?s missing is the oracle. Mr. Marchiori . . . offers up an instant classical education in his villa and garden. His five-acre domain, which he calls Ca'¬?Toga, sits on the banks of the Napa River in the rocky northern reaches of the Napa Valley. Passers-by can glimpse the richly colored villa across a vineyard." -New York Times

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