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Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 1:30PM - 3:30PM

Mary Lesneski Memorial Lecture and Tea

Thomas Michie, the Russell B. and Andrée Beauchamp Stearns Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, will present the annual Mary Lesneski Memorial Lecture, entitled “Casanova’s Europe: Art, Pleasure, and Power in the 18th Century.” 

Although his name has become synonymous with womanizer or scoundrel, Giacomo Casanova (1725–1798) was regarded by his contemporaries as one of the most magnetic personalities of the day and an international man of letters. He traveled widely throughout the continent, mingling with royalty, popes, and intellectuals such as Voltaire and Benjamin Franklin along the way. As author of one of the most detailed and wittiest autobiographies known to survive, Casanova offers a glimpse into daily life 250 years ago. This lecture will preview the MFA’s upcoming exhibition of the same title, which combines more than more than 275 paintings, sculptures, works on paper, decorative arts, furniture, costumes, and musical instruments in a lavish display of the visual riches of Casanova’s world.

This event will take place at the Trinitarian Congregational Church (54 Walden St, Concord, MA 01742).
As is tradition, an elegant Afternoon Tea organized by the Guild of Volunteers follows the lecture.
Non-members $30; members $25. Register online, or by calling (978) 369-9763 x216.


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