Casanova Gets Two New Houses

Palazzo Zaguri, which has been under scaffolding for the last few years, is finally reopening–as a museum and exhibit space. It will also have a large library and bookstore. It’s located in Campo San Maurizio, not far from Campo Santo Stefano. Its first exhibit is titled “Venice Secrets: Crime and Justice.” Read about it here in Monica Cesaroto’s blog.
I’m particularly excited about this new space because this is a Casanova location that I researched for my book Seductive Venice: In Casanova’s Footsteps (also available in Venice from Supernova Edizioni under the title Casanova’s Venice: A Walking Guide.) Giacomo Casanova visited this palazzo, when it was a palazzo, to see his friend Pietro Zaguri. Lorenzo da Ponte, later librettist for Mozart, also joined them. That’s a lot of talent under one roof!
Here’s my video from Palazzo Zaguri, with more details about what Casanova did while there. You can see the scaffolding was still up in 2016 when I filmed. Thanks to Adriano for filming that day. Enjoy the tolling bells at the end!

Ca’ Pesaro Papafava on the Canale della Misericordia, will house the new Casanova exhibit


Ca’ Pesaro, the museum of modern art, a Casanova-related location but not the site of the new Casanova museum

Also, there is a new small museum opening in Ca’ Pesaro dedicated to Casanova! While Ca’ Pesaro is best known for its International Gallery of Modern Art, the Palazzo Pesaro Papafava will now house the “Casanova Museum and Experience.” This name causes me to wonder a bit–will they offer some sort of multi-media extravaganza that tries to replace serious scholarship? I’m not necessarily against extravaganzas, but I don’t consider something like that as a true museum with high academic standards. I’m keen to learn more about what will be on offer.  See details here in an article in the UK’s Telegraph.
Of course, both places should carry Casanova’s Venice: A Walking Guide! If you visit, please ask for it–and also drop me a line to let me know what you thought of the new exhibits.

The Italian edition of my book, published in Venice by Supernova Edizioni

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5 Responses to Casanova Gets Two New Houses

  1. claudius1889 says:

    Hello Kathy; I have just read the article in the UK Telegraph and I find Ian Kelly’s claim that Casanova wrote 42 books outlandish, to say the least. What can you tell me about it?

    • I’m finally getting back to you about this question! My friend Adriano is a very detail-oriented person, and he wrote the Wikipedia page on Casanova. I trust him when he lists 19 works by Casanova, and not all are book-length works, such as the Messager de Thalia. The memoirs generally run to 12 volumes (depending on the publisher and edition), but even then it doesn’t add up to 42.

      • claudius1889 says:

        Thank you very much for your kind reply; I thought that 42 was ludicrous. The odd thing about it is that Ian Kelly who claims that Casanova wrote 42 books has, apparently, done some research into it. He obviously did not try hard enough…

  2. Caroline says:

    Hi. A couple of small points – the first link also points to your video, and the ‘Casanova Museum and Experience’ is supposed to be opening at Palazzo Pesaro Papafava not Ca’ Pesaro. There seems to have been a fashion for these types of ‘experiences’ lately,

    • Oh my, what a mistake I made! Thank you for pointing it out. I think I was so excited by the idea that two things were happening in former Casanova sites that I didn’t do my due diligence.

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