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Redefining Beauty: Arcangela Tarabotti

Happy International Women’s Day! To celebrate, I’d like to bring you a video in the Redefining Beauty series. Today I’ll focus on Arcangela Tarabotti. We don’t have a portrait of her. As a teenager, she took orders to be a … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Laura Morelli

As you probably know, or could guess, I read a lot of books about Venice or set in Venice. So I was delighted a few years back to discover Laura Morelli’s book The Gondola Maker, which married my love of … Continue reading

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Quattro Minuti con Casanova: Santa Maria degli Angeli

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 … Continue reading

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Casanova’s Secret Wife

No, that’s not my clever title for a blog post. It’s the title of a new book out by Barbara Lynn-Davis about Caterina Capreta (sometimes Capretta), one of Casanova’s great loves. I had  the great pleasure of zooming through this … Continue reading

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“In Defense of my own Sex”

  “You forbid women to learn so they are incapable of defending themselves against your schemes and then proclaim how stupid they are and how you triumphed over them,” (108) proclaimed Arcangela Tarabotti, a nun cloistered in Venice’s Sant’Anna convent … Continue reading

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Quattro Minuti con Casanova: Campiello San Rocco

“He said there was not a nun in Venice whom one could not have for money if one knew how to go about it.” Casanova relates this story in Vol. 4 of his memoirs about how his friend, the doctor … Continue reading

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Quattro Minuti con Casanova: Murano and San Michele

Stories of two islands–and two lovers! At a Murano convent, Casanova in costume dances, entertains, gambles, and then gets one of the greatest shocks when he goes to meet his lover M.M. You’ll have to watch this edition of Quattro … Continue reading

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