Friday Evening Lecture

Oysters and Champagne: Dining with Casanova
Meredith Chilton, chief curator, Gardiner Museum, Toronto
Friday, October 13, 2017 -
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

If Giacomo Casanova lived today, he would describe himself as a foodie. He confessed to being “extravagantly fond of good food,” a pleasure he considered secondary only to his love of women; the two passions were often intrinsically linked. During his life, a revolution took place in gardens, kitchens, and dining tables, as dining became at once more sophisticated and yet more simple. This lecture takes you on a gustatory journey from the elegant, intimate suppers organised by Casanova as a prelude to seduction to the austere table of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who advocated a strikingly modern vegetarian diet. Along the way you will encounter rules for carving, new wares made of precious materials, and Casanova’s secret, carnal way of eating oysters.

This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities

Evening lectures by distinguished guest speakers, held throughout the year, address a range of topics relating to the appreciation and interpretation of art. They are free and open to the public. Seating is limited.