A trip back to ‘Casanova’s Europe’

In early June, we attended a lecture hosted by the Greenwich Decorative Arts Society and shared here our impressions of the afternoon that saw us taking a virtual trip through the gardens of Venice with British landscape historian John Dixon Hunt as our guide.

The society, so adept at securing experts who offer consistently intriguing talks, will open its upcoming season Oct. 1 with a special event set from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Riverside Yacht Club.

Thomas Michie will present “Casanova’s Europe: Art, Pleasure and Power in the 18th century” during a luncheon hosted by the society. Michie is the Russell B. and Andréa Beauchamp Stearns Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

As the decorative society shares, “Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798) was one of the most charming, intelligent and magnetic personalities of his day. Thomas Michie explores the rich visual world of Casanova and the splendor of mid 18th-century Europe by showcasing objects from this summer’s exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (through Oct. 8), including paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, furniture, costumes and musical instruments. Some of the themes addressed are travel, courtship and power, theatricality and identity, and the pleasures of fine dining and lively conversation.”

Space is limited. Reservations, for members and guests, are required by Sept. 21.

For more, or to make a reservation, email greenwichdecorativearts@gmail.com or call 203-322-2967.

– Mary Shustack

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