One of the most notorious hedonists is being honored: the infamous and legendary Casanova. A native Italian, Giacomo Girolamo Casanova is most famous for “seducing the wives and daughters of important subjects of King Louis XV and cheating them out of their money.”
There have been numerous movies, TV specials and TV series glamorizing his triumphs over the years. Now, after fleeing Paris in 1760 for his indiscretions, he is back as an honorary guest of the National Library of France…or, at least, through the words of his memoirs and other writings.
The exhibition, “Casanova—The Passion for Freedom,” includes his memoirs’ original manuscript entitled “The Story of My Life.” If only all our lives were as exciting and deliciously scandalous as dear ol’ Giacomo’s.