What Does a Navel Have to Do with Casanova?

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Here is a curious item related to Casanova. My friend Marco sent me photos of a small medal cast in silver. At his request, it was commissioned and then created in 1998 by a Dutch association to honor Casanova. Roberto Ruggió designed it. Only 107 of them were made.

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One would expect to see Casanova’s portrait on the medal, but no, this is no ordinary creation! The flip side of the medal shows a girl’s navel. Marco asks, “Would a boy’s navel be different?” Maybe we should begin making an investigation into this question.

But why a bellybutton to represent Casanova? Marco did not explain this part to me. So I present the question to you: You may not know the correct answer, but perhaps you can provide a creative suggestion! I’ll share these ideas with Marco to see if any of you guess correctly.

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4 Responses to What Does a Navel Have to Do with Casanova?

  1. I’m guessing – and it’s a total guess – that it could be a reference to the divine navel of Venus (the goddess of love, obviously) which allegedly inspired the shape of tortellino. So there’s a nod to love, magic, Italian heritage and food – all things close to Casanova’s heart?
    It’s a great quirky thing though whatever it’s story.

  2. I like your guess! It makes sense. A coincidence–I was just reading about how tortellini got its shape. Casanova actually writes about macaroni, not tortellini, but I’ll assume he ate both.

  3. Nancy Schwalen says:

    I don’t now what to say but it’s fun reading the responses.

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