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.
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:
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).