Art Appreciation: Casanova's europe
art, pleasure, and power in the 18th century
Teaching Artist: Susan Pennington
In the dynamic world of 18th-century Europe, people, ideas, and artistic styles crossed national boundaries. Filled with masterful, opulent, and at times playful paintings and furnishings, salons hummed with lively intellectual exchange, witty gossip, and flirtation. To a person like Giacomo Casanova (1725–1798)—smart and confident, boastful and scheming—the possibilities must have seemed limitless.
Casanova wrote one of the most engaging memoirs of 18th century Europe. Susan Pennington, an esteemed art historian, will explore the artists and architects associated with Casanova. The class will delve into some Rococo painters including Canaletto, Francesco Guardi, Giambattista Tiepolo, Pietro Longhi, Francois Boucher, Jean-Honore, Fragonard, and William Hogarth. We will examine the fascinating architecture of Venice, Paris, London, Dresden, Berlin, Vienna and St. Petersburg as well.
We will venture to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for an optional field trip to view the exhibit, Casanova’s Europe: Art, Pleasure, and Power in the 18th Century (see "Cultural Caravan" details below).
Falmouth | Tuesdays, 1-3pm | SEP 18 - NOV 6 | Tuition $80 | Register
Barnstable | Thursdays, 1-3pm | SEP 20 - NOV 8 | Tuition $80 | Register
"Cultural Caravan" Bus Trip to THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Boston
Travel with art historian, Susan Pennington, for a tour of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to view the exhibit, "Casanova Europe: Art, Pleasure, and Power in the 18th Century." The exhibit combines more than 250 paintings, sculptures, works on paper, decorative arts, furniture, costumes, and musical instruments in an immersive display of the visual riches of Casanova’s world. Structured by the chronology and geography of his life, the exhibition addresses such themes as travel, the intersection of sex and power, theatricality and identity, and the pleasures of fine dining and lively conversation. Among the masterpieces on view are a series of monumental paintings by François Boucher, reunited here for the first time in more than a decade, and Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo’s The Charlatan (1756), shown above. Three tableaux—set in Venice, Paris, and London at different times of day—feature mannequins in authentic costumes amid period settings, bringing Casanova’s world to life.
Casanova exhibit details
Bus trip (not including museum admission): $50
Departing our Falmouth campus: Tuesday, October 2, 9am; departing from Capeside Convenience, Bourne Rotary at 9:15am | Register