Quattro Minuti con Casanova: Santa Maria degli Angeli

The Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, the church that used to be associated with the convent of the same name.

Barbara Lynn-Davis’ book Casanova’s Secret Wife reminded me that I have a video to share with you–a Quattro Minuti episode I filmed at the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, attached to what used to be the convent of the same name.

A side view of the church, with remains of the convent yard.

Both Caterina Capretta and MM lived in this convent, and Casanova came there regularly to be seen by them– even though he couldn’t always talk with them. This location figures prominently in volume 4 of his memories. The convent was demolished when Napoleon had his way with Venice, tearing down convents, churches, and monasteries like a religiophobic King Kong. But here you can see that at least the church still stands.

Here’s the video that goes with this story:

Quattro Minuti: Santa Maria degli Angeli

The video is a bit funky–it was super windy on Murano the day I filmed this, and so I’m crouched down at the side of the church, with my camera propped on some boards on the ground. You can hear the cicadas having a blow out party plus the wind trying to knock down the trees. I’m probably not supposed to be there. And sorry my head gets kind of cut off at the beginning; I refuse to use a selfie stick and go rogue instead, not always with perfect results. I also like the weird moment at the end where a disembodied camera walks away from the secret side yard and out into the public sphere again. So glad a church warden didn’t come along (though maybe you wish he had, to catch me sneaking around and add some spice to the story).

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3 Responses to Quattro Minuti con Casanova: Santa Maria degli Angeli

  1. Very atmospheric. And, because you’re talking about Casanova, it suddenly seems entirely appropriate to be skulking around in bushes in a storm on the edge of a convent – where you probably shouldn’t be – talking about nuns.
    Years ago I was on a bus reading some particularly riotous passage about a threesome (or something like that) and actually decided to close the book and continue to read it when I got off as I became convinced that other passengers were reading over my shoulder with shock and outrage. It’s incredible that – in a world where people routinely read 50 Shades on public transport without attracting any attention – some writing from 200+ years ago can still seem a little too risque.
    As always, I think that’s something that would amuse the man ….

  2. Nancy Schwalen says:

    Between the wind (both sound and visually) and the cicadas, you had an adventure trying to post this.

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