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Bewildering Bellino

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'Wheel of Fortune' by Kev Butters, artist of 'Casanova in Paris: The Shadows of the King' - an online graphic novel created by Kev Butters and Dave Thompson.
The World of Casanova
The World of Casanova
Casanova’s teenage years were ones of enormous change and revelation.  His family wanted him to forge a respectable career for himself in the church and so in 1737, at the age of 12, he enrolled at Padua University to study Law (which included Canon Law), graduating when he was 16. Canon Law, Studying Law, Teenage Years, Sins, University, Diploma, Book Cover, Padua Italy
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Casanova’s teenage years were ones of enormous change and revelation. His family wanted him to forge a respectable career for himself in the church and so in 1737, at the age of 12, he enrolled at Padua University to study Law (which included Canon Law), graduating when he was 16.
At 15, dividing his time between Venice and Padua, Casanova became an abate, the first rung on the ladder towards the priesthood. Priesthood, Liturgy, Clergy, Toga, Theology, 19th Century, History, City, Movement
Clerical Dress in the City of Rome in the 19th Century (Part 1 of 2)
At 15, dividing his time between Venice and Padua, Casanova became an abate, the first rung on the ladder towards the priesthood.
Palazzo Malipiero.  Also at 15 Casanova struck up a friendship with a seventy-year-old Senator called Alvise Malipiero, a grandee and wealthy bachelor. Dora Maar, Republic Of Venice, Canal Grande, Watercolor Pictures, Fortuny, Venice Travel, Italian Actress, San Marco
Palazzo Malipiero - Wikipedia
Palazzo Malipiero. Also at 15 Casanova struck up a friendship with a seventy-year-old Senator called Alvise Malipiero, a grandee and wealthy bachelor.
Malpiero  thrust Casanova into the social whirl of Venetian high society (something which he found suited him down to the ground). Francesco Guardi, Books Australia, Italian Painters, Thing 1, Gandalf, Heritage Image, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Large Art, Art History
Malpiero thrust Casanova into the social whirl of Venetian high society (something which he found suited him down to the ground).
The Ridotto, the centre of gambling in Venice.  During this period, Casanova developed a taste for gambling which was to remain with him throughout his life. Renaissance, Foyer Paint, Venice City, Venice Mask, 18th Century Costume, History Magazine, Carnival Masks, Fine Art Prints, Canvas Prints
Ridotto, 1788 by Pietro Longi: History, Analysis & Facts
The Ridotto, the centre of gambling in Venice. During this period, Casanova developed a taste for gambling which was to remain with him throughout his life.
San Cipriano seminary.  At 18 his beloved grandmother died.  The same year, 1743, he was expelled from San Cipriano seminary, after being discovered in bed with another boy. Seminary, Grandmother, Died, Venice, Beloved, Discover, Painting, Venice Italy
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San Cipriano seminary. At 18 his beloved grandmother died. The same year, 1743, he was expelled from San Cipriano seminary, after being discovered in bed with another boy.
Sant'Andrea (Venetian Lagoon) - To try and teach him a lesson, Casanova was imprisoned for a short time by his guardians in the fortress of Sant’Andrea (where he contracted his first bout of gonorrhoea). Lagoon, Venetian, Contract, Bout, River, Beach, Outdoor, Outdoors, The Beach
Sant'Andrea (Venetian Lagoon) - To try and teach him a lesson, Casanova was imprisoned for a short time by his guardians in the fortress of Sant’Andrea (where he contracted his first bout of gonorrhoea).
View of the Tiber Looking Towards the Castel Sant'Angelo, with Saint Peter's in the Distance. At Rome, further scandal ensued and he was forced to depart the Eternal City, deciding to pursue his Church career in Constantinople, of all places. A4 Poster, Poster Prints, Canvas Poster, La Tosca, E Flat Major, Castel Sant’angelo, St Peters Basilica, Master Drawing, Early Middle Ages
View of the Tiber Looking Towards the Castel Sant'Angelo, with Saint Peter's in the Distance. At Rome, further scandal ensued and he was forced to depart the Eternal City, deciding to pursue his Church career in Constantinople, of all places.
Casanova was 19 at this point and that was when he met Bellino for whom he fell passionately in love.  However, Bellino was a castrato. 18th Century Hairstyles, Musical, 18th Century Paintings, Female Dancers, Opera Singers, Portraits, Theatre Costumes, Barbie Collector, Sculpture
Casanova was 19 at this point and that was when he met Bellino for whom he fell passionately in love. However, Bellino was a castrato.
Eighteenth-century caricature of castrati performing Handel.  In a practice that can be traced back many centuries, and at least to the early Byzantine Empire, prepubescent boys had been castrated in order to preserve their soprano voices. Papal Bull, Pope Leo, Singer One, Famous Musicians, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter, European Royalty, The Empress, Handel
Opera at Peabody | Handel’s Heroes
Eighteenth-century caricature of castrati performing Handel. In a practice that can be traced back many centuries, and at least to the early Byzantine Empire, prepubescent boys had been castrated in order to preserve their soprano voices.
By the eighteenth-century, there had been established in Italy a tradition of supplying castrated boys to the choirs of the Catholic Church for two centuries, partly because women weren’t allowed to sing in church, and partly because the quality of a castrato male soprano was deemed superior to that of a female soprano. Catholic Pictures, Catholic Images, Religious Images, Religious Art, Catholic Church, Catholic Hymns, Church Music, Christian Rock Music, Christian Art
By the eighteenth-century, there had been established in Italy a tradition of supplying castrated boys to the choirs of the Catholic Church for two centuries, partly because women weren’t allowed to sing in church, and partly because the quality of a castrato male soprano was deemed superior to that of a female soprano.
Farinelli.  The castrati became the superstars of their day and the most successful amongst them could earn huge sums.  One such was Farinelli (1705 – 1782) who was feted throughout Europe and who Casanova met in Bologna Venetian Painters, Baroque Painting, Stock Images, Stock Photos, National Portrait Gallery, Italian Artist, Classical Music, 18th Century, Art Reproductions
Farinelli - Wikipedia
Farinelli. The castrati became the superstars of their day and the most successful amongst them could earn huge sums. One such was Farinelli (1705 – 1782) who was feted throughout Europe and who Casanova met in Bologna
Casanova came across Bellino at an inn in Ancona on 25th February, 1744 along with his mother, a brother (Petronio, ‘the first female dancer at the opera’ i.e., a female impersonator) and two sisters, Marina and Cecilia. A Brother, Ancona, Two Sisters, Rock Revival, Inn, Opera, 25th, February
Casanova came across Bellino at an inn in Ancona on 25th February, 1744 along with his mother, a brother (Petronio, ‘the first female dancer at the opera’ i.e., a female impersonator) and two sisters, Marina and Cecilia.
The World of Casanova
The World of Casanova
Casanova was convinced that Bellino was female. This was not an unreasonable supposition for him to make.  Despite heavy penalties if discovered, the career of a castrato was so profitable that it wasn’t uncommon for women to disguise themselves as such. Disguise, Uncommon, Crossdressers, Sims, Career, Victorian Dress, Universe, Dressing
Opera in Performance: Cross-Dressing, Castrati and Star Singers (55+) - Continuing Studies
Casanova was convinced that Bellino was female. This was not an unreasonable supposition for him to make. Despite heavy penalties if discovered, the career of a castrato was so profitable that it wasn’t uncommon for women to disguise themselves as such.