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  • Writer's pictureRobin Yong

Casanova: The Art of Seduction 公子多情

Just another streetside portrait for my friends Arnaldo and Daniel during the Venice Carnevale... These are their Casanova costumes...

The Venice Carnevale is not all about masks...local Italians prefer historical costumes and painted faces to full masks...

I have known Arnaldo and Daniel for quite a few years now...In Venice, we actually live just a few doors away from each other, so we frequently meet up for photos together.

"Ciò che nella vita rimane, non sono i doni materiali ma i ricordi dei momenti che hai vissuto e che ti hanno fatto felice. La tua ricchezza non è chiusa in una cassaforte, ma nella tua mente e nelle emozioni che hai provato dentro la tua anima.

Alda Merini."

"What remains in life, are not the material gifts but the memories of the moments you lived that made you happy. Your wealth is not locked in a safe, but in your mind and the emotions you felt inside your soul.

Alda Merini."

Giacomo Girolamo Casanova (2 April 1725 – 4 June 1798) was an Italian adventurer and author from the Republic of Venice. His autobiography, Histoire de ma vie (Story of My Life), is regarded as one of the most authentic and provocative sources of information about the customs and norms of European social life during the 18th century.

Casanova was known to use pseudonyms, such as baron or count of Farussi (the maiden name of his mother) or Chevalier de Seingalt. After he began writing in French, following his second exile from Venice, he often signed his works as "Jacques Casanova de Seingalt". He claims to have mingled with European royalty, popes, and cardinals, along with the artistic figures Voltaire, Goethe, and Mozart.

For Casanova, as well as his local contemporaries of the upper class, love and sex tended to be casual and not endowed with the solemnity characteristic of other Romantic literary works of the 19th century. Flirtations, bedroom games, and short-term liaisons were common among nobles who married for social connections rather than love.

During Carnevale, the whole Venice becomes a real life theatrical stage, and many of these historical costumes carry deep perspectives...

The Venice Carnevale is not all about masks...this, is the real Venice Carnevale...

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