Giacomo Casanova: 3 myths about the hero-lover, in which we unconditionally believePictolic
Name Giovanni Giacomo Casanova in the world associated with a fatal seducer of women. What Italian writer, philosopher and entrepreneur, friend of Voltaire and Catherine II has earned a reputation as a heartthrob and how much is true what we hear about him today?
Immediately is to say that virtually all amorous adventures of Casanova we know from his own memoirs. Knowing the habit of the men to exaggerate and to attribute undeserved victory, we can already question the veracity of these stories.
But even detailed, often piquant descriptions of a love intrigue from the books of the Italian aristocrat turned to the audience a little and Casanova began to ascribe adventures, learning about which, he'd been surprised. Myths and legends of the hero-lover roam the world for three centuries and acquire the most incredible details.
We offer exposure to three of the most common misconceptions created around this extraordinary man by his contemporaries and descendants.
1. Casanova slept with lots of women
From different sources it is possible to learn about thousands of amorous conquests of Casanova. The impression that he seduced and dragged into bed all female individuals who met in his way, regardless of age, appearance and social status.
But this is not true. In his memoirs, the Italian said that before his marriage at age 40 he seduced 130 ladies that are not burdened with family and financial difficulties of a nobleman of the XVIII century was quite a bit. It sounds strange, but in those days among the aristocracy reigned more loose morals than among the youth of today and often the sex was not even the reason for Dating.
2. Casanova was a sexual giant with an impressive penis and a persistent potency
I hasten to disappoint — Giacomo Casanova was an ordinary man without any features of the reproductive system and not even having the figure of Apollo. Of course, photos of the hero-lover in a speedo is not preserved, but there are a lot of memories of the contemporaries.
Most people who saw Casanova naked was surprised by his success with women — there was absolutely nothing special. Most likely, the success he has achieved is not the size and number, but still skill. From historical sources it is known that in bed, Giacomo was never an altruist, for whose pleasure a woman was the main objective.
In those days, when men were not made to think about the satisfaction of his sexual partner, Casanova practiced cunnilingus and clitoral caress. Most of his contemporaries don't really know of any device of the female genital organs, or their features, so these "craftsmen" was worth its weight in gold.
3. Casanova was a libertine, and led a promiscuous
This popular myth has its roots in folklore. Neither a womanizer nor a prudent hunter ladies putting notches with every victory, Casanova was not. Should see his memoirs, to realize that he led a steady life without any frills or weird.
Casanova became acquainted with women and their relationship could continue for weeks or even months. All his love relationships were based on mutual consent and with their passions Giacomo was extremely fair. Before sleeping with a lady, he frankly told her that they are not pursuing serious intentions and want only to please themselves and her. In relations Casanova was generous and honest, what is lacking today is a very many.
Sometimes he even asked women not to get involved in a relationship that subsequently breakup did not bring them pain. If you compare Casanova with his reckless and selfish contemporaries, we can call it the benchmark of honest men. He was married by the standards of its time, a very late — at age 40 and was then faithful to your spouse. So all the intrigue happened in the character's life before the marriage.
Created art, literature and cinema, the image of a wandering libertine Casanova is absolutely untrue. The famous Italian was never obsessed with love Affairs and had a lot of things and Hobbies. Casanova was familiar with Mozart and Voltaire, he was the organizer of the National lottery in France, and visited the reception at Catherine II. With the Russian Empress, our hero had only a business relationship — he tried to persuade her to enter the new calendar.
In addition, the famous Italian proved himself the art of war, alchemy, music, and even espionage. Casanova wrote the first ever a fantastic novel and translated Homer's Iliad into Italian. He had to sit in prison — some financial Scam of Giacomo Casanova became classics of the genre.