The Smithsonian Does Casanova

Thanks to Dayna for letting me know about the upcoming “Casanova’s Venice” program being offered by the Smithsonian Associates. This hour and a quarter lecture will be presented via Zoom on Wednesday, January 11, at 12:00 EST. (That’s 9:00 am for me in California and, sadly, when I’m teaching!)

Here’s what the website says about the program:

“The Settecento Venice of Casanova was very different from the Venice of the Renaissance. No longer a center of international trade and an empire whose holdings stretched across the Mediterranean, by the 18th century the city’s international status had plummeted in the face of a changing political landscape in Europe and beyond, as Venice faced a period of decline and decadence. At the same time, however, Venetians took part in a spectacular cultural flowering.

Who better to represent this rich and complicated period than Casanova? Historian Monica Chojnacka explores this tumultuous time and the ways in which Venetians responded socially, politically, and artistically to the decline of the Renaissance and the birth of a new era, and examines the way Casanova reflected this period of both decadence and cultural dynamism.”

I hope many of you will be able to attend and tell me all about it! I’m also really curious to know if the speaker used my book Seductive Venice: In Casanova’s Venice during her research. It sounds like her focus is the 18th century in general, while my book is about the specific places Casanova lived and visited, but still, I help to bring the C’s real city to life.

Image taken from the Smithsonian Associates website. The Bucintoro Returning to the Molo on Ascension Day by Canaletto, 1732.

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