Italy museum aims to show Casanova as more than just a lover


Italy museum aims to show Casanova as more than just a lover

VENICE, Italy

A museum has opened in the Venetian hometown of Giacomo Casanova, the 18th-century adventurer and bon vivant, in hopes of educating visitors about more than just his notorious womanizing.

The Giacomo Casanova Museum and Experience doesn’t hide Casanova’s libidinous side. In fact, the six-room museum includes a bedroom where a shadow installation makes it seem as if Casanova is seducing a woman right in front of visitors.

But curators are seeking to shed light on other aspects of the Venetian scholar and writer whose memoir, “History of My Life,” provides one of the best chronicles of European high society of the late 18th century.

“We want this character, this person, to be known in his entirety,” said museum director Andrea Cosentino. “Here we give the basis of what he was, not only as a lover but also as a man, philosopher and scholar.”

Using a variety of virtual- reality technology, visitors can read, hear and watch digital presentations on Casanova’s youth – he was born in 1795 in the Venetian Republic – and his subsequent serial seductions.

In between, visitors can learn about his travels across Europe, his relationship with the lagoon city, his arrests and escapes, his personality and scholarly accomplishments, as well as his portrayal in film over the years.

The museum opened April 2, on Casanova’s birthday, in the Palazzo Pesaro Papafava in Venice.

Museum in NC shows eggs of ‘15-foot-tall chicken’

RALEIGH, N.C.

A North Carolina museum is displaying two eggs found in Utah from a dinosaur that one expert calls “a 15-foot-tall chicken.”

The eggs look like small footballs.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh said in a news release that the eggs date about 97 million years and are from a feathered dinosaur.

Museum paleontologist Lindsay Zanno said her team discovered the eggs last fall, the only oviraptorosaur eggs ever found in North America. Most other examples have been found in China or Mongolia.

Oviraptorosaurs had feathers, beaks and parrot-shaped heads and walked on two legs. They weighed about 50 pounds.

The eggs can be seen in the museum’s glass-walled laboratory, where visitors can watch further study efforts.

Denver Zoo celebrates birth of Sumatran orangutan

DENVER

The Denver Zoo has welcomed a baby Sumatran orangutan who is named after an Indonesian word that means “bright” and is often used to refer to sunshine.

The female primate named Cerah (Che-rah) was born March 25 to parents Nias and Berani, and the family is bonding away from public view.

Cerah should make her debut within the next two weeks in the Great Apes exhibit in Primate Panorama.

She was conceived within a month of 29-year-old Nias and 25-year-old Berani getting set up in July.

Zoo officials say Sumatran orangutans are critically endangered with a worldwide population of only about 14,600. Habitat loss is a major reason their population is declining.

Associated Press

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