Casanova

Casanova The Seduction of Europe

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Synopsis

A re-creation of the glorious and seductive visual world of eighteenth-century Europe through the life of one of its most notorious figures.

In 18th-century Europe, the shape-shifting libertine Giacomo Casanova seduced his way across the Continent. Although notorious for the scores of amorous conquests he recorded in his remarkably frank memoirs, Casanova was just as practised at charming his way into the most elite social circles. In his travels across Europe and through every level of society from the theatrical demimonde to royal courts, he was also seduced by the visual splendours he encountered. This volume accompanies the first major art exhibition to recreate Casanova's visual world, from his birthplace of Venice to the cultural capitals of Paris and London and the outposts of Eastern Europe. Summoning up the people he met and the cityscapes, highways, salons, theatres, masked balls, boudoirs, gambling halls, and dining rooms he frequented, it provides a survey of important works of eighteenth-century European art by masters such as Canaletto, Fragonard, Boucher, Houdon and Hogarth. Twelve essays by prominent scholars illuminate multiple facets of Casanova's world as reflected in the arts of his time, providing a fascinating grand tour of Europe conducted by a quintessential figure of the eighteenth century as well as a splendid visual display of the spirit of the age.

Book information

ISBN: 9780878468423
Publisher: MFA Publications - The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Imprint: Museum of Fine Arts
Pub date:
Edition: First edition
DEWEY: 709.409033
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 343 (some folded)
Weight: 1540g
Height: 199mm
Width: 260mm
Spine width: 37mm