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Asolo Theatre - The Ringling - Sarasota, Florida, USA.
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N 27° 22.983 W 082° 33.552
17R E 345820 N 3029827
Quick Description: The 18th Century Asolo Theatre - Re-located from Asolo, Italy in the late 1940s to The Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida, USA.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 10/2/2015 3:35:46 PM
Waymark Code: WMPPNG
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member 8Nuts MotherGoose
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Long Description:
History of the historic Asolo theatre. Created in Asolo, Italy in 1798, brought to Sarasota in 1949 and painstakingly restored in 2006.
Now located within the Ringling Museum’s Visitors Pavilion.
The Asolo Repertory Theatre, not to be confused with the historic Italian Asolo is across the road from the Ringling.

"Given John Ringling’s passion for the theatrical movement, color, and emotion of Baroque art, it is apt that the Museum’s first director, A. Everett Austin, Jr., dramatically expanded the showman’s collection by acquiring an 18th-century Italian theater.

The theater’s evolution began in the 15th century with Caterina Cornaro, the daughter of a Venetian merchant, who became – through an arranged marriage – the Queen of Cyprus. As a reward for her service, she was granted the village of Asolo, Italy, where (in exile) she reigned over a court renowned for its grace and beauty.

In 1798, architect Antonio Locatelli created the theater in the great hall of Caterina’s palace. When, in 1855, Francesco Martignago redesigned the theater, he preserved the u-shaped form, leading scholars to conclude that the renovation duplicated the original plan. The theater remained in this setting until 1931, when it was dismantled to make way for a film theater. German antiquarian Adolph Loewi purchased the artifact and stored it in Venice for the duration of World War II.

In 1949, the Ringling purchased the theater for $8,000. It opened in its new home in 1952, remaining in the Museum of Art until a new building was constructed for it. When it reopened in 1958, the Asolo became the birthplace for the performing arts in west central Florida. By the close of the 20th century, however, the theater was underused and under funded. It again fell into disrepair.

With the Ringling Master Plan in 2000, restoration began. The panels were again dismantled, and the Museum’s conservation staff worked for over two years to conserve and restore the ornate beauty.

The 2006 reinstallation in the Museum’s Visitors Pavilion adheres to the guidelines of the International Congress of Architects and Technicians of Historic Monuments in the Venice Charter for the Conservation and Restoration of Monuments and Sites:" Text source: (visit link)
Original Location: N 45° 48.042 E 011° 54.912

How it was moved: Disassembled

Type of move: Country to Country

Building Status: Museum

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