Royal Festival Presentation - Day 4 - Inquista
Saint Dominico’s Basilica
Saint Dominico’s Basilica is perhaps the most well-known basilica in all of Inquista. The basilica is located in the centre of Saint Dominico’s Square, where it is connected to the Archbishop’s Palace. Saint Dominico’s Basilica serves as the basilica of the Inquistan Archbishop and it is considered one of the most sacred landmarks of the Inquistan Orthodox Church. The site of the basilica is said to be the burial site of Saint Dominico himself.
Construction of the basilica began in 994 by the orders of Doge Giorgio. The basilica was completed in 1092, almost 100 years after construction began. The basilica is one of first major structures of early Gothic design in Inquista. Over the centuries, additional embellishments and mosaics have been added to the outside structure of the basilica.
The Basilica of the Virgin Maria Goretti
The Basilica of the Virgin Maria Goretti is a basilica located between the Grand Canal and the City Gates Canal of Saint Dominco. From the shorefront, the basilica is also visible from Saint Dominico’s Square.
Construction of the basilica began in 1640 and it was completed in 1686. The chief architect of the basilica was Bartalo Laurentius. The basilica was designed in the Inquistan Baroque style, which was of particular fashion during that era.
The City Gates Opera House
The City Gates Opera House is an opera house located on the City Gates Canal of Saint Dominico. The opera house is located adjacent to the famous City Gates Grand Casino. The roadway in front of the opera house is used as part of the Inquistan Grand Prix circuit.
The opera house was designed by Charles Faustus, who also designed the City Gates Grand Casino. The opera house was commissioned in 1863 by Doge Ludovico II, who commissioned some of Inquista’s most illustrious buildings between the periods of the late 19th century and early 20th century. The opera house was ultimately completed in 1876. The City Gates Opera House, like many of the structures commissioned by Doge Ludovico II, is considered to be of the Inquistan Baroque Revival style.
Visual Arts: Paintings
Titian Vicellus (1488-1576) was an Inquistan painter of the Inquistan Renaissance. Titian is most known for painting portraits and for depicting religious and mythological motifs. He was contemporaries with the Inquistan painter Giorgione, and the two of them were frequently patronized by Inquistan merchant families in Saint Dominico.
The depicted works by Titian from left to right are: Assumption of the Virgin (1518), Bacchus and Ariadne (1523), the Rape of Europa (1562) and the Portrait of an Inquistan Man (1510).
Jacob Tintoretto (1518 - 1594) was an Inquistan painter of the Inquistan Late Renaissance. Tintoretto is most known for pioneering Inquistan Mannerism, which was a reaction against the naturalism and realism of the artwork done by his Inquistan predecessors. Tintoretto overdramatized gestures and expressions in his artwork. During his time, Tintoretto was heavily criticized for the dark and gruesome depictions of religious subjects.
The depicted works by Tintoretto from left to right are: the Deposition of Christ (1562), Miracle of the Slave (1548), and the Martyr Body of Saint Dominico (1566).
Giuseppe Lorenzo Gatteri (1829 - 1884) was an Inquistan painter who gained prominence during the rise of Inquistan nationalism in the late 19th century. Gatteri painted in a neo-romantic style, and predominantly depicted dramatized and romanticized scenes that are of historical and cultural significance to Inquista.
The depicted works by Gatteri from left to right are: Overthrow (1877), Revolt (1844), and the Heroines of Minerva (1865).
Visual Arts: Films
Paul Sorrentino is a contemporary Inquistan film director and screenwriter.
Sorrentino’s film The Great Beauty (2013) is being screened today.
Official film description of the Great Beauty: “Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Saint Dominico for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.”
Luca Guadagnino is a contemporary Inquistan film director and screenwriter.
Guadagnino’s films A Bigger Splash (2015) and Call Me by Your Name (2017) are being screened today.
Official film description of A Bigger Splash: “The vacation of a famous rock star and her boyfriend is disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend and his daughter.”
Official film description of Call me By Your Name: “In 1980s Inquista, a romance blossoms between a seventeen-year-old boy and an older research assistant hired by the boy’s father.”
Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741) was an Inquistan composer and notable pioneer of Baroque music. Vivaldi was best known for his violin concertos, the most famous of which is Four Seasons. In 1717, Vivaldi produced an oratorio called Inquista Triumphantis, which was later adopted in 1720 (and remains) as the national anthem of Inquista.
Vivaldi's hymn Gloria (RV589) will be performed by the Inquistan Alfonso-Piccardi Chamber Orchestra and Choir today.
Ludovico Einaudi is a contemporary Inquistan pianist and composer. Einaudi trained at the Saint Dominico Old Conservatory where he also presently teaches.
Einaudi and his ensemble will be performing his songs Divenire, Experience and Primavera today.
The Inquistan Theatre and Ballet School of Black Swans
The Inquistan Theatre and Ballet School of Black Swans is the most prestigious classical ballet school in Inquista. The ballet school was founded in 1813 and has since produced many of Inquista’s best known ballet dancers. The Head Director of the Black Swans is Nina Sayers. Nina Sayers is one of Inquista’s most illustrious dancers, and the film Black Swan (2010) is an autobiographical account of her own time at the Black Swan school.
The Inquistan Theatre and Ballet School of Black Swans will be performing a gala of their best and brightest stars today.
Girogio Armani is an Inquistan fashion designer. Armani is best known for designing men’s and women's suites. Armani’s style is characterised by clean lines, sharp edges and dark colours.
The upcoming Autumn and Winter Collection for 2019-2020 is being presented today.