Docent Lecture: "Casanova and 18th Century Amour", by Ellen Harden
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Jean-Marc Nattier, "Thalia, Muse of Comedy," 1739. Oil on canvas, 53 1/2 x 49 in. (135.9 x 124.5 cm). Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, museum purchase, Mildred Anna Williams Collection, 1954.59
John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater
Casanova: The Seduction of Europe explores the eighteenth century across Europe through the eyes of one of its most colorful characters, Giacomo Casanova (1725–1798). Renowned in modern times for his amorous pursuits, Casanova lived not only in Italy but also in France and England, and his travels took him as far afield as the Ottoman Empire and to meet Catherine the Great in Saint Petersburg. Gathering together paintings, sculpture, works on paper, furnishings, porcelain, silver, and period costume, The Seduction of Europe will bring the visual wealth of Casanova’s world to life.
Free after general museum admission. No reservations.
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