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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Casanova or the Ambulant Bordello

From 1734 till 1797 Casanova had covered over 67000 km in his carriage, visiting most of the European countries. He was exiled from some, imprisoned in the others, staying nowhere for more than a year. And it is perhaps for this reason … Continue reading

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Sad Day In the Life of A Nymphomaniac

From Casanova on, generations of Art critics and historians fantasized about this drawing of Francois Boucher. Who is she? One of the girls from Parc-aux-Cerfs, the nympho-harem of Louis XV? It had even been published under the title of Louise O’Murphie! The were others who voted for … Continue reading

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A Kitchen Garden In the Park

Schopenhauer impaled our palate, esophagus and stomach onto his concept of desire. Deleuze would probably not stop there, but add to it an extension all the way to the large intestine. And at Chateau Versailles this would make perfect sense; after all, about what the kings ate and … Continue reading

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