The controversial cupid

A fascinating account by Anne-Lise Desmas on the story behind Edme Bouchardon’s 1750 controversial statue of Cupid carving a bow from Hercule’s Club, commissioned by Philibert Oudry, Louis XV’s director of the King’s Buildings – here

 

‘Casanova in Paris: The Shadows of the King’ is freely available here.

27 long form articles on Casanova’s life and times are freely available here.

 

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