City theatre

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The theatre had a new prosperous life with Italian Unity, which gave the entire nation a breath of optimism. Mariano Piervittori was asked to manufacture the new curtain (which was lost during a fire). It was a hard task, because commissioners asked Piervittori to represent a patriotic event in Porto San Giorgio. A few months before the king Vittorio Emanuele II was in Porto San Giorgio and Piervittori decided to narrate this fact. The curtain told about the celebrations, the people, and a part of the city: the arches that nowadays do not exist anymore. In 1862, the theatre was dedicated to Vittorio Emanuele II and it worked for a decade, until the 70’s of the XIX century, when it was closed.

The marquise Trevisani, a noble man of that period, asked the engineer Antonio Vandone (from Turin) to make a project for a future renovation. In 1910, Sigismondo Nardi was given the task to decorate the theatre, which became a cinema from 1933 to 1946. It was abandoned again until 1977, when the architect Zani managed a new renovation. In 1992, the last renovation was made, which gave back the city its theatre in which many shows are performed.

The front of the theatre has a famous writing: CASTIGAT RIDENDO MORES (which means that irony correct the mores taunting them), written by Jean De Santeul (1630-1697), a famous French Latinist. Sigismondo Nardi painted the ceiling and represented the theatre-crafts. A night sky and the twelve constellations take their place in a circular structure. They have an original feature: the biggest stars contain little light bulbs. The constellations alternate with ropes made of stucco (so they are in relief) and painted in a light yellow. The theatre crafts encircle the constellation; starting from the entrance and walking from right to left there are the music, the ballet, the tragedy and the comedy. Every group has its Muse and a motto, with half-length depictions of the major Greek poets, who wrote about the four subjects. These poets are Alcaeus for music, Pindar for ballet, Sophocles for tragedy and Aristophanes for comedy.

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