The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco invite audiences to journey into the world of eighteenth-century Europe with one of its most colorful characters, Giacomo Casanova (Italian, 1725?1798), as guide. Casanova was considered by his own contemporaries to be a witty conversationalist, autobiographer, gambler, spy, and one of the greatest travelers of all time. More than 80 works of art, including paintings, sculptures, works on paper, period furnishings, delicate porcelains, and lavish period costumes, will re-create the luxurious and sparkling world of masked balls, palaces, theaters and operas.
This expansive exhibition, traveling from Fort Worth and en route to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, explores the life of 18th-century adventurer Giacomo Casanova, whose epic autobiography remains the most relied-upon account of European society. This exhibition brings together paintings, sculpture and works on paper, as well as period furnishings, costumes, porcelain and silver.