Venice in Peril

Hospitality Beyond Measure: the visit of Crown Prince Friedrich-Christian of Saxony to Venice, 1739-40 with Maureen Cassidy-Geiger

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During a six-month stay at Ca’Foscari, a regatta and a bull-fight were held in his honour and the young heir to Augustus III, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, attended Carnival, operas, gaming and sittings for Rosalba Carriera, while also studying and following an intense devotional programme. Maureen Cassidy-Geiger, curator and specialist in Dresden court culture, introduces us to Venetian society as seen through his travel diaries and other eyewitness accounts.

Maureen Cassidy-Geiger has twice driven the prince’s itinerary and has researched his sojourns in Naples, Rome, Venice and Vienna on various residential fellowships. Transcriptions of the travel diaries, composed mostly in French, and related research and documentation are posted on the website

Event date and time: 21 September 2021, 6.30pm

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