Today I’d like to remember Giustiniana Wynne. She died on this date in 1791. But Giustiniana was not forgotten as her life neared its end. “The poor Countess is to die,” wrote her niece Betsy on June 23, 1791. “There is no remedy for her. Papa says they are all in a very great distress about it.” “Papa” was Giustiniana’s brother Richard Wynne, who was with her on August 22, 1791, when Giustiniana passed away after nine months of suffering from uterine cancer.
I’ve made a previous video at Palazzo Businello-Giustiani, relating the story of Giustiniana’s brief affair in Paris with Casanova. In this new video, I acknowledge my narrow understanding of her life: She was an important author who should be remembered for her literary contributions, and I didn’t know that about her when I did my initial Casanova research for Seductive Venice: In Casanova’s Footsteps.
With A Beautiful Woman in Venice, I give a much fuller picture of her life, which you can hear about in short in this video. Thank you to the two teenagers who filmed me on the dock across from the Erbaria. Behind me, you can see Palazzo Balbi, which Giustiniana visited often as a teen, even receiving marriage proposals at that time. She later lived in the Palazzo Loredan degli Ambasciatori, down by the Guggenheim museum.