Il Piombi

The Venetian prison from which Giacomo Casanova made his memorable escape before fleeing to Paris.
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the wheel of fortune is depicted in this black and white drawing, with an eagle holding a
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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.
an old door with a hole in the middle and bars on it's sides
Porta delle carceri Venezia
Il Piombi prison door (Eliseo Marcato)
an old drawing of two people in a stone room
Signori di notte | Luther's Road to Reformation
Il Pozzi prison, (in English 'The Wells') located in the basement of the Palazzo Ducale. Dark, dank and particularly unpleasant. According to Casanova these cells were frequently underwater. He was terrified of being sent there after the discovery of his first escape attempt.
an empty room with wood paneling and exposed ceilings, including a loft above the living area
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The Chamber of Torment - the floor below Il Piombi - where actors were employed to terrify prisoners with their hideous off-stage shrieking and screaming.
an open door leading into a room with brick walls and wooden doors on both sides
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Il Piombi was characterised, amongst other things, by its narrow corridors and staircases.
a painting of a man wearing a white and gold outfit with feathers on his head
Francesco Loredan - Wikipedia
Doge Francesco Loredan (1752-1762) - ruler of Venice during the period of Casanova's imprisonment.
an old painting of people walking down the street
View of the St. Mark's Basin, c.1732 - Canaletto - WikiArt.org
View of the St. Mark's Basin - Canaletto - WikiArt.org
a painting of people on boats in the water
View of the St. Mark's Basin, c.1732 - Canaletto - WikiArt.org
View of the St. Mark's Basin - Canaletto - WikiArt.org
a painting of boats in a harbor with buildings on the other side and people walking around
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The Basin of St Mark's with the Palazzo Ducale, Venice, 1755-1760 (Francesco Guardi) - the time of Casanova's imprisonment (July 1755 to November 1756)
an empty room with wooden walls and doors in the center is lit by sunlight coming through windows
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The second of the cells in Il Piombi where Casanova was kept prisoner. His transfer here lead to the discovery of an escape attempt which he had been working on in his first cell.
the story of my escape by giacomo casanoova
The Story of my Escape: The story of my escape from the…
Originally published in 1788 and a bestseller of the time, translated here by Andrew K Lawston.
an illustration of a man wearing a hat and scarf with the coat of arms on it
Doge Sebastian Ziani - one of the great planners of the Serenissima who first established a ducal palace on the site of the present ducal palace.
an old drawing of a room with many cupboards and paintings on the walls in it
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Sala della Bussola - Palazzo Ducale. The chamber used by The Council of Ten which guards would have to cross every time they went to ‘Il Piombi’ next door. Consequently, the gaolers were restricted to attending prisoners in the early morning.
an old drawing shows the inside of a building with stairs and balconies on each floor
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Prigione Nuove
a painting of people on boats in the water next to buildings and a stone bridge
Circle of Francesco Tironi (Venice 1734-1800) , A view of the Palazzo Ducale and the Palazzo delle Prigioni Nuove, with the Ponte della Paglia, Venice | Christie's
A view of the Palazzo Ducale and the Palazzo delle Prigioni Nuove, with the Ponte della Paglia, Venice.