Palazzo Papafava is an interesting collection of fourteenth to eighteenth-century art. It is a gothic style building with a notably rich façade that looks over the Misericordia canal. The expressive power of the main part is concentrated in the central axis and is offset by elegant quadrilateral gothic windows, with protruding balconies and balustrades. Each four-light window is flanked by two pairs of single-lancet windows, one on each side. On the ground floor, there is the acute-pointed water-door, flanked by four single-lancet windows. Overall, the architectural structure is of great stylistic regularity.
When moving through the rooms of Palazzo Papafava you will enjoy a first-hand experience of the atmosphere, sounds, settings and costumes that bore witness to the events relating to Casanova the man, and the time in which he lived.
The exhibition will go beyond the myth of Casanova, telling the real story behind the bright lights of eighteenth-century Venice and showing the fragility, full of solitude and insecurity, that makes Casanova an eclectic and complex character even today. Looking at the literature in which he is the central character, in his hand-written documents, and at objects and original clothes of the period, the most significant moments of Giacomo’s life are deduced.
The exhibition mixes virtual experiences and immersive surroundings, alternating with interactive exhibits. There are also moments of both shared views and private enjoyment, all working together to ensure the visitor a varied, exciting and engaging experience. This is an experience that will show visitors young Casanova and his family of actors, his travels for study and pleasure, and his adventures throughout Europe. They will see the poet and sophisticated writer, the diplomat and astute secret agent. They will also see the women, love and fashion of the eighteenth century, and the myth of the cinema that consecrated his deeds.
This story will go to the heart of the life of Casanova the man, beyond the myth.