Venice is a city that is an art in itself; and nothing illustrates it more than Carnival. This presentation celebrates the architecture, painting, music, and history of the event -- including the scandals that swirl through Venice like mist over the canals. From Strauss to Dickens, Titan to Donna Leon, Monet, Cenaletto, and Shakespeare, Venice has inspired genius. As the central act on the evolving stage that is Venice, carnival has enthralled and mislead all sorts of artists and pleasure seekers. By the way, this class title comes from an opera called La Gioconda that takes place in Carnival.