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Cabbala

Casanova's interest in the occult.
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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. Giacomo Casanova, Military Costumes, Seven Years' War, Unhappy Marriage, The Libertines, Wealthy Women, Cities In Italy, Wheel Of Fortune, Marriage And Family
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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
The Venetian island of Murano where an eight-year-old Casanova was taken by his grandmother to have a severe nosebleed cured by a witch. Glass Jewelry, Beaded Jewelry, Glass Beads, Venetian Glass, Murano Glass, Venetian Islands, How To Make Beads, Venice, Precious Stones
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The Venetian island of Murano where an eight-year-old Casanova was taken by his grandmother to have a severe nosebleed cured by a witch.
'A Philosopher Lecturing with a Mechanical Planetary', (Joseph Wright). Casanova’s world was one in which, in this Age of Enlightenment, scientific progress rubbed shoulders alongside superstition and the mystical. Thomas Gainsborough, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Chiaroscuro, Norman Rockwell, George Romney, Nouveau Realisme, Joseph, Canvas Art Prints, Oil On Canvas
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'A Philosopher Lecturing with a Mechanical Planetary', (Joseph Wright). Casanova’s world was one in which, in this Age of Enlightenment, scientific progress rubbed shoulders alongside superstition and the mystical.
The World of Casanova
The World of Casanova
'The Three Witches' (Henry Fuseli).  '…the witch ... placed me in the box... I could hear in turn, laughter, weeping, singing, screams, shrieks... At last I am taken out of the box; the blood stops flowing. The wonderful old witch, after lavishing caresses upon me, takes off my clothes, lays me on the bed, burns some drugs, gathers the smoke in a sheet which she wraps around me, pronounces incantations, takes the sheet off me, and gives me five sugar-plums...' (Casanova's memoirs) Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare Theatre, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare Macbeth, Hans Holbein, What Is A Curse, Compton Verney, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Weird Sisters
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'The Three Witches' (Henry Fuseli). '…the witch ... placed me in the box... I could hear in turn, laughter, weeping, singing, screams, shrieks... At last I am taken out of the box; the blood stops flowing. The wonderful old witch, after lavishing caresses upon me, takes off my clothes, lays me on the bed, burns some drugs, gathers the smoke in a sheet which she wraps around me, pronounces incantations, takes the sheet off me, and gives me five sugar-plums...' (Casanova's memoirs)
A Spanish countess employed a sorceress to fashion a wax effigy of Casanova in order to lay a curse on him (‘It was lucky for me that she believed in sorcery; otherwise she would have had me assassinated’). Dorchester County, Effigy, Sorceress, Dorset, Countess, Folklore, Museums, Spanish, Lucky
A Spanish countess employed a sorceress to fashion a wax effigy of Casanova in order to lay a curse on him (‘It was lucky for me that she believed in sorcery; otherwise she would have had me assassinated’).
Casting a spell.  Despite the Enlightenment and scientific progress, religion, superstition and the mystical held sway over the minds of the overwhelming majority, even the most rational. Occult, Enlightenment, Scientific, Mystic, Progress, Vintage World Maps, Religion, It Cast, Mindfulness
Casting a spell. Despite the Enlightenment and scientific progress, religion, superstition and the mystical held sway over the minds of the overwhelming majority, even the most rational.
Rosicrucianism - 'Temple of the Rose Cross'.  Of the various occult and mystical doctrines swirling around Venice and Europe at the time, such as astrology, freemasonry, and rosicrucianism, cabbala was particularly popular, especially amongst commedia actors and, for Casanova, it was to become a lifelong pursuit. Medieval Germany, Rose Croix, American Colonies, Rudolf Steiner, Ancient Origins, Ancient Wisdom, Arte Obscura, Freemasonry, Secret Society
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Rosicrucianism - 'Temple of the Rose Cross'. Of the various occult and mystical doctrines swirling around Venice and Europe at the time, such as astrology, freemasonry, and rosicrucianism, cabbala was particularly popular, especially amongst commedia actors and, for Casanova, it was to become a lifelong pursuit.
Jean Antoine Watteau - Harlequin, Pierrot and Scapin.  '…the origins of his interest and possible belief in cabbala may have been deep-rooted and familial…Brought up by a folk-healer, Marcia Farussi, within an extended family of commedia actors in eighteenth-century Venice, Casanova would almost certainly have ingested cabbalistic mantras and subsumed cabbalistic imagery with his mother’s milk.' (Ian Kelly, ‘Casanova: Actor, Spy, Lover, Priest’) Pierrot, Renaissance Theater, Jean Antoine Watteau, Stock Character, Character Design, European Paintings, Baroque Fashion, Old Master, French Artists
Jean Antoine Watteau - Harlequin, Pierrot and Scapin. '…the origins of his interest and possible belief in cabbala may have been deep-rooted and familial…Brought up by a folk-healer, Marcia Farussi, within an extended family of commedia actors in eighteenth-century Venice, Casanova would almost certainly have ingested cabbalistic mantras and subsumed cabbalistic imagery with his mother’s milk.' (Ian Kelly, ‘Casanova: Actor, Spy, Lover, Priest’)
Jewish Cabbalist Holding a Sephiroth, Copy of an Illustration from 'Portae Lucis'.  Cabbala sprang from Judaism and sought to explain the nature of creation and existence and, in particular, its relationship with its creator. Illuminati, Nicolas Flamel, Mystery School, Sephiroth, Opus, Sacred Geometry, Tree Of Life, Visionary, Metaphysics
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Jewish Cabbalist Holding a Sephiroth, Copy of an Illustration from 'Portae Lucis'. Cabbala sprang from Judaism and sought to explain the nature of creation and existence and, in particular, its relationship with its creator.
Cabbalists investigated classical Jewish literature to find concealed inner meanings, using a range of esoteric mathematical and linguistic techniques. World Religions, World Cultures, Torah, Cultura Judaica, New Jerusalem, Cultura General, Bible Study Scripture, Religious Symbols, Thinking Day
Cabbalists investigated classical Jewish literature to find concealed inner meanings, using a range of esoteric mathematical and linguistic techniques.
Different schools and off-shoots of cabbala evolved with contrasting aims: to understand and describe the divine; to become one with God; to control the forces underpinning the universe. Black Magic Spells, Magical Images, Symbology, Arte Popular, Art Google, Magick
KABBALAH, MYSTICAL JUDAISM AND THEIR HISTORY
Different schools and off-shoots of cabbala evolved with contrasting aims: to understand and describe the divine; to become one with God; to control the forces underpinning the universe.
From the Renaissance onwards, cabbala ideas moved beyond the confines of Jewish society and began to root themselves in the Christian world, albeit illicitly. Dante Alighieri, Santa Maria, Gustave Dore, Devine Comedy, Poster Prints, Framed Prints, Canvas Prints, Michelangelo, Dantes Inferno
From the Renaissance onwards, cabbala ideas moved beyond the confines of Jewish society and began to root themselves in the Christian world, albeit illicitly.
Quotation taken from Ian Kelly's biography of Casanova.  In the eighteenth century, progress in science and mathematics inevitably led to curiosity in cabbalistic formulas and codes, the former lending legitimacy and credence to the latter. Cornelius Agrippa, Lending, Curiosity, Mathematics, Biography, Quotations, Philosophy
Quotation taken from Ian Kelly's biography of Casanova. In the eighteenth century, progress in science and mathematics inevitably led to curiosity in cabbalistic formulas and codes, the former lending legitimacy and credence to the latter.
The World of Casanova
The World of Casanova
A typical cabbalistic technique might involve taking a word or phrase from a religious text and give each letter a numerical value.  These numbers could then be organised into the form of a pyramid comprising several rows.  This would be the oracle that enabled the cabbala master to decipher the hidden meaning, usually the answer to a question which had been put by the cabbala master on behalf of another. Religious Text, Oracle, Pyramids, Meant To Be, Numbers, Take That, Form, Organization
A typical cabbalistic technique might involve taking a word or phrase from a religious text and give each letter a numerical value. These numbers could then be organised into the form of a pyramid comprising several rows. This would be the oracle that enabled the cabbala master to decipher the hidden meaning, usually the answer to a question which had been put by the cabbala master on behalf of another.
Casanova first refers to his use of cabbala in his memoirs when recounting his relationship with the Venetian Senator Metteo Giovanni Bragadin, himself something of a sorcery aficionado  .  When Bragadin's life was saved by Casanova from the misdiagnosis of a physician, who was killing him by prescribing mercury, he was quick to pronounce that Casanova’s medical expertise, as he was only twenty-one-years old, must have its source in some sort of ‘supernatural endowment’. Mercury Facts, The Magic Faraway Tree, Quicksilver, Wine Bottle Crafts, All That Glitters, Color Textures, Mad Hatter, Peru, Metallic Silver
Casanova first refers to his use of cabbala in his memoirs when recounting his relationship with the Venetian Senator Metteo Giovanni Bragadin, himself something of a sorcery aficionado . When Bragadin's life was saved by Casanova from the misdiagnosis of a physician, who was killing him by prescribing mercury, he was quick to pronounce that Casanova’s medical expertise, as he was only twenty-one-years old, must have its source in some sort of ‘supernatural endowment’.