Category Archives: Casanova

He Had a Cold Gaze of a True Libertine

I don’t think he did, for in spite of his superior knowledge of chemistry, to Casanova sexual relationship is not an experiment. He seeks no dark recess in a female. He refuses to take her seriously. In our hero’s bag … Continue reading

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Versailles Vice

Casanova spent a good part of his life trying to convince us that vice has nothing to do with crime. A waste of time, try telling a judge today that all you meant was to have some innocent fun! There … Continue reading

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In the Temple of Reason

“For as long as I live,” said Cardinal Fleury to Bernis, “you will not be a priest.” The future Cardinal Bernis agreed, “OK,” he said, “I’ll wait.” Perhaps he was right and faith is not a necessary condition for priesthood: … Continue reading

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To Winckelmann!

When considering Art History we often forget that at the foundation of this edifice is a joke or a prank and a forgery. It could very well be that laughter, or at least some queer smile is  an artist’s duty … Continue reading

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Versailles-Renaissance Furniture

Did you know that Avenue de l’Opera used to be called the clitoris of Paris? A venerable tradition! Casanova is very clear on this point: Opera was the place to meet women, particularly the beautiful and easy ones. You did … Continue reading

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Casanova, Lottery and the Taking of the Bastille

Casanova’s reputation as a lover has by far surpassed his ability as a businessman. Yet the famous Venetian knew how to combine his pleasure with business. And his main business in mid-XVIII century Paris was lottery. In 1757 Madame Pompadour had … Continue reading

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A Royal Stooge

A slave whetting his knife? Yes, but listening intensely to the conversations held by his master. Is it a conspiracy? Yes, but not the conspiracy of the slave against his master, but of the master against Caesar, the conspiracy the … Continue reading

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