Giacomo Casanova Foundation
The Foundation was established on the 3rd August 2018 thanks to the initiative of the entrepreneur Carlo Parodi. On 18th December, 2018 it obtained legal recognition thus becoming the first Foundation dedicated to Giacomo Casanova in the world. Since july 2019 the control and Management of the Foundation have been entrusted to a Partnership that refers to Maestro Luigi Pistore.
The Foundation aims to enhance, preserve and promote the artistic and cultural heritage ascribable to Giacomo Casanova and his figure, in order to recognize and make concrete his contribution to the culture of the eighteenth century, spreading its knowledge in all its forms with particular reference to his intense activity as a writer, poet and philosopher.
The Foundation has its registered office in Osimo (Ancona), via Industria n.1 and the main operational headquarters in Venice at Palazzo Zaguri, Campo San Maurizio, 2668. After its establishment, secondary offices were established, in Rome at the Teatro Santa Chiara at the Pantheon, and in Friuli Venezia Giulia at the Castle of Spessa (Gorizia).
The Foundation and the Academy: the begining of a new era
The Foundation and the Academy aim to spread the values and cultural ideals of the eighteenth century through the various forms of art, widening their perspectives to a strategic and shared vision. In this sense we will try to highlight a common sharing by creating an ideal place where writers, artists and casanova scholars can meet and confront each other in the name of Casanova, thus combining different knowledge and skills in a new climate of cultural fervor.
The binomial Foundation & Academy wants to open in this sense a New Era in the field of Casanovism, looking at the year 2025, the year of the 300th anniversary of the birth of the great Venetian.
The organizational model proposed for the Foundation, therefore conceived in a strategic sense, aims to be efficient in terms of the articulation of the interventions, favoring systematic and lasting initiatives compared to the occasional ones in order to give the realized actions a high added value and above all a return in terms of results. Therefore, in line with the cultural policies and the enhancement of the Casanovan Heritage, the Foundation will promote, also in collaboration with other associations and / or public and private bodies, a "shared participation" open to scholars and enthusiasts from all over the world, also fostering of periodical promotion of cultural and artistic events related to Casanova.
Board of Directors
Dott. Filippo Perissinotto
M° Luigi Pistore
Board Member Secretay Treasurer
Rag. Carlo Giomo
Board Member and Coordinator of the Scientific Committee
Dott. Gilberto Pizzamiglio
Board Member Delegate of the Casanova Venice Academy
Dott. Renzo Mario De Ambrogi
Prof. Gilberto Pizzamiglio Università Cà Foscari di Venezia
Prof. Bruno Capaci Alma Mater Studiorum -Università di Bologna
Prof. Antonio Trampus Università Cà Foscari di Venezia
Prof. ssa Ilaria Crotti Università Cà Foscari di Venezia
Prof. Pier Mario Vescovo Università Cà Foscari di Venezia
Dott. ssa Sabine Herrmann Researcher R.Bosch Foundation
Dott. Stefano Feroci Writer e Casanovist
Casanova, Giacomo Girolamo (Venice 1725 - Dux, Bohemia, 1798) writer and "adventurer".
The son of actors, Casanova became fatherless at an early age and was entrusted by his mother (Giovanna Maria Farussi, nicknamed "Zanetta" or "La Buranella") to his maternal grandmother, Marzia Baldissera. Giacomo Casanova was a student of law in Padua, a cleric in Venice and Calabria, secretary to Cardinal P. Acquaviva in Rome, a soldier in the Venetian army in Corfu, and a violinist from 1746 at the Teatro S. Samuele in Venice. Casanova was welcomed as a son by Senator M. G. Bragadin, who intended to reward Casanova for saving him from a sudden attack of apoplexy during a party at Palazzo Corner Soranzo. In 1750, Casanova resumed his wandering life through France, Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria, until, having returned to Venice in July 1755, he was imprisoned without a trial at The Leads (Piombi) prison on charges of possession of forbidden books and for having tried to spread anti-religious philosophies. He escaped, returning to France, where he reformed the state lottery in 1757, and under the name of “Knight of Seingalt”, carried out missions of various kinds in Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Russia, not depriving himself of love intrigues, playing, fighting in a duel, performing magic on demand and even lending himself to espionage in the service of the State Inquisitors of Venice.
His life was full of liasons, friendships and acquaintances with the most popular scholars, politicians, artists, characters and men of his time (including Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Saint Germain, Haller, Mengs, Winckelmann, Benjamin Franklin, Cagliostro, Metastasio, Lorenzo Da Ponte and perhaps W.A. Mozart) up to the greats of the time like Catherine II of Russia and Frederick II of Prussia.
He ended his life in Dux in Bohemia as secretary and librarian of Count C. G. of Waldstein.
Active, energetic, and enterprising, Giacomo Casanova was a brilliant writer who wrote many works including the refutation of the History of the Venetian Government by Amelot de la Houssaie (1769), the History of Turbulence in Poland (1774) two translations of Homer’s Iliad, in Venetian and Tuscan, the translation of the tragedy Zoroastro (his first known printed work, 1752), the pamphlet Scrutiny of the book: Eloges de M. de Voltaire par differens auteurs (1779), the satire Neither Loves nor Women, or The Stable, (1782, in which Casanova firmly claimed to be the natural son of the Venetian patrician Michele Grimani), and the novel Jcosameron (1788).
His fame, however, is mainly due to the dramatic narrative of the escape from The Leads (Piombi) The Story of my Escape: from the prisons of the Republic of Venice, 1788) and his memoires, The Story of my Life, (begun in 1789) a substantially truthful account of the eighteenth-century society pleasure-seekers and schemers.