Casanova and the Italian Taste

4 Pages Posted: 4 Nov 2010

Date Written: July 1, 2008


Casanova's role can be characterized apart from that of a well known womanizer, as that of a historiographer of queer scandals during his time. He was the person who outed Winckelmann and spread the stories about Chevalier D’Eon, Albergoni or the Prince of Francavilla. He also visited the Italian coffeehouse in London and made Lorenzo da Ponte aware of it. Casanova’s education regarding gay idols such as Bathyllos, Ganymed and Giton is both comprehensive and amazing. He joined the freemasons at the age of 25 and had the great ability of introspection into other people’s psyche, especially into that of social outcasts. In addition to the episodes included in Casanova’s autobiography “Histoire de ma vie”, papers were discovered after his death containing notes for chapters or incidents omitted from the publication but whose titles indicate that could have enriched our knowledge about queer life in the eighteenth century

Keywords: Casanova, 18th century

Suggested Citation

Nedobity, Wolfgang, Casanova and the Italian Taste (July 1, 2008). Available at SSRN: or

Wolfgang Nedobity (Contact Author)

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