Here is the continuing saga of Casanova’s relationship with Teresa Imer. In the previous episode of Quattro Minuti con Casanova, you got to see the Palazzo Malipiero, where Casanova played doctor with Teresa Imer, who was about seventeen at the time, while Casanova was about fifteen. The two remained friends, though Teresa became a singer and traveled outside of Venice. Casanova left town as well, but in 1753 during one of his trips home, he popped in to see his friend, Signora Manzoni, who lived across the courtyard from Teresa, here in the Corte del Duca Sforza. “Why, Teresa is home now,” the Signora told Casanova, so he quickly went to visit his old friend.
He was not to know for many years that nine months after that visit, he became a father.
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In Casanova’s memoirs, he spends many pages telling the detailed, often hilarious tales of his life here in this district, primarily told in Volumes 1-2. Many years later, Casanova recounts how he met Teresa again while traveling abroad. I cover the Venetian years in Seductive Venice: In Casanova’s Footsteps.
And there’s a wonderful book, Empress of Pleasure, by Judith Summers on Teresa’s life, from her childhood in Venice through her entrepreneurship in London.