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Casanova's Venice

Afternoon Lecture/Seminar

Wednesday, January 11, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1H0752
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The Bucintoro Returning to the Molo on Ascension Day by Canaletto, 1732

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.

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