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Quattro Minuti con Casanova: Calle del Carbon

In the last few weeks we’ve seen so many images of Venice’s streets submerged under far too much water. As a small antidote, here is a video from a couple summers ago when I visited one of the streets where … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Monte Cavallo

I’ve mostly told you about Casanova’s troubles due to Barbaruccia’s love affair. But that’s certainly not the only thing Casanova did in Rome in 1744-45. In fact, he met the Pope! He tells us that he went to Monte Cavallo, … Continue reading

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Malcontenta: Place or State?

Is malcontenta a place or a state of being? (I saw this table this summer when we stopped at the Villa Foscari.)

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Casanova’s Less Known Brother

Last year when I visited the Casanovist (and my friend) Marco Leeflang, he showed me the many artworks in his home, most of them by his father. But on the mantel in one room sat this drawing by Giovanni Casanova, … Continue reading

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What Does Casanova Read?

“I discovered that a man shut up in solitude and deprived of any possibility of occupying himself, alone in an almost dark place, where he does not and cannot see anything except, once a day, the person who brings him … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–San Carlo al Corso

Sometimes we can read lengthy tales about what Casanova did in a particular location. Sometimes not. When he was in Rome in 1744, Casanova states that “as I was coming out of church after mass at San Carlo al Corso, … Continue reading

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Redefining Beauty: Giustina Renier Michiel

How does one go about translating Shakespeare into other languages? His language is so particular to its time and place, and he coined so many new phrases and has such an immense vocabulary. Yet Giustina Renier Michiel was arguably the … Continue reading

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