A museum for Casanova


A new museum in Venice, the city of Casanova's birth, called the "Giacomo Casanova Museum & Experience" opens its doors in April and is dedicated to him.

According to Henri Neuendorf at artnet News, the museum is an enterprise of Carlo Parodi, the founder of Giacomo Casanova Foundation and fan of the 18th-century polymath, who wanted to share more about him with the public.

"It won't be just a dusty museum where you will be able to discover paintings, memorabilia, and more, but it will be a unique experience with high technologies and multimedia, which will let you revive the romantic adventures of Giacomo Casanova, feeling the sensation of the life of this eclectic man," he notes.

The main idea is to make the visitor the "protagonist of the story of Casanova," through virtual reconstructions, interactive exhibits and artifacts.

The museum will open its doors on April 2nd in Venice's Palazzo Pesaro Papafava. Furthermore, future Casanova pop-ups might appear in London, New York, Tokyo and in other world capitals.

Tony Perrottet, writes in Smithsonian.com, that people often mistake Casanova as a fictional character or dismiss him as a seducer or a scoundrel. And he was a seducer and something of a scoundrel, but he was also a Benjamin Franklin-like child of the Enlightenment. He wrote 42 books, including a five-volume science fiction novel. He was a gambler, a spy, and an astrologer. He wrote pamphlets supporting feminism and tracts on mathematics. He was once convicted of witchcraft and was one of the most traveled people of his day.