The Seduction of Europe
This volume features 12 essays by prominent scholars that illuminate multiple facets of Giacomo Casanova’s world as reflected in the arts of his time. It accompanies the first major art exhibition outside Europe to lavishly recreate Casanova’s visual world, from his birthplace of Venice, city of masquerades, to the cultural capitals of Paris and London and the outposts of Eastern Europe. Summoning up the people he met and the cityscapes, highways, salons, theaters, masked balls, boudoirs, gambling halls, and dining rooms he frequented, it provides a survey of important works of eighteenth-century European art by masters such as Canaletto, Fragonard, Boucher, Houdon, and Hogarth, along with exquisite decorative arts objects.
"One of the flat out best art books of the year. Don't miss it - you'll read it like a novel with pictures." - Tyler Green, Modern Art Notes podcast