Casanova’s Europe Art, Pleasure, and Power in the 18th Century

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Casanova’s Europe Art, Pleasure, and Power in the 18th Century

08 July, 2018 to 08 October, 2018


Museum of Fine Arts Boston
465 Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

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In the dynamic world of 18th-century Europe, people, ideas, and artistic styles crossed national boundaries. Filled with masterful, opulent, and at times playful paintings and furnishings, salons hummed with lively intellectual exchange, witty gossip, and flirtation. To a person like Giacomo Casanova (1725–1798)—smart and confident, boastful and scheming—the possibilities must have seemed limitless.

Stretching the bounds of social mobility and geography, Casanova traveled 40,000 miles across six decades. His 12-volume autobiography, The Story of My Life, offers an unrivaled account of 18th-century European society, and his experiences provide the framework for our journey through the art of his time. “Casanova’s Europe: Art, Pleasure, and Power in the 18th Century” combines more than 250 paintings, sculptures, works on paper, decorative arts, furniture, costumes, and musical instruments in an immersive display of the visual riches of Casanova’s world.