By Andrea Di Robilant
Within the waning days of Venice’s glory within the mid-1700s, Andrea Memmo was once scion to at least one the city’s oldest patrician households. on the age of twenty-four he fell passionately in love with sixteen-year-old Giustiniana Wynne, the gorgeous, illegitimate daughter of a Venetian mom and British father. due to their dramatically diverse positions in society, they can now not marry. And Giustiniana’s mom, afraid that an affair may destroy her daughter’s probabilities to shape a more advantageous union, forbade them to determine one another. Her prohibition simply fueled their hope and so all started their torrid, mystery seven-year-affair, enlisting the help of a number of intimates and servants (willing to chance their very own positions) to go back and forth love letters from side to side and to assist facilitate their clandestine conferences. finally, Giustiniana came upon herself pregnant and she or he became for aid to the notorious Casanova–himself infatuated together with her.
Two and part centuries later, the incredible tale of this star-crossed couple is informed in a wide ranging narrative, re-created partially from the passionate, clandestine letters Andrea and Giustiniana wrote to one another.
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Consul Smith may most likely have lengthy pale into historical past had he no longer branched out into artwork and turn into one of many maximum purchasers of his time. He made a behavior of vacationing artists, lots of whom had studios a quick stroll clear of his domestic. Smith had an exceptional eye, and he extremely joyful in pleasant haggling. His assortment integrated attractive allegorical work from Sebastiano Ricci and Giovan Battista Tiepolo, grand vistas through Francesco Guardi, intimate scenes of Venetian lifestyles by way of Pietro Longhi, and several other beautiful images by way of Rosalba Carriera. yet his detailed admiration was once reserved for Canaletto’s fresh and special perspectives of town, and through the years he constructed an in depth specialist courting with the nice Venetian vedutista. Smith mixed the attention of an paintings lover with the brain of a service provider. He discovered he used to be dwelling on the center of a rare inventive flowering and was once in a different place to show his patronage right into a ecocnomic company. He commissioned works from his favourite artists and offered them to prosperous English aristocrats simply because the model of amassing artwork used to be spreading. (He used to be such a success in advertising and marketing his loved Canaletto that the artist finally moved to London to color perspectives of the Thames for his becoming clientèle. ) within the approach, Smith outfitted up his personal assortment, enriching it with vital work via previous masters. Works by means of Bellini, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, and Rubens decorated the partitions of his palazzo. Books, maybe even greater than work, have been his real ardour. He bought helpful variations of the good classics in addition to unique manuscripts and drawings, and he participated without delay within the publishing increase that was once occurring in Venice. Smith invested in Giovan Battista Pasquali’s printing store and bookshop, and jointly they released the works of Locke, Montesquieu, Helvetius, Voltaire, Rousseau, and Diderot and his fellow Encyclopédistes (the first volumes of the innovative Encyclopédie seemed in 1751). Pasquali’s store quickly grew to become a favourite accumulating position for the turning out to be Venetian publication crowd. “After having loved the clean air and shared the pleasures of Saint Mark’s Square,” wrote the French visitor Pierre Jean Grosley, “we might visit Pasquali’s store or to a few different bookseller. those retailers function the standard assembly element for foreigners and noblemen. Conversations are usually professional with that Venetian salt which borrows greatly from Greek atticism and French gaiety with out being both. ” five Smith’s drawing room used to be, in a fashion, an extension of Pasquali’s store in additional dependent atmosphere. It was once the guts of the small English neighborhood (and it by some means by no means misplaced its contact of English quaintness). yet extra vital, it used to be a spot the place artists, intellectuals, and Venetian patricians may perhaps congregate in an environment of enlightened conviviality. Carlo Goldoni devoted one in every of his plays—Il filosofo inglese— to Smith. In his flattering advent, he wrote: “All those that input your home locate the main excellent union of all of the sciences and all of the arts.