Ca 'd'Oro

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Facade of the Palazzo Ca 'd'Oro seen from the Grand Canal

The Ca 'd'Oro is a palace on the Grand Canal in Venice between the Palazzo Miani Coletti Giusti and the Palazzo Giustinian Pesaro . The building owes its name ("Golden House") to the elaborate cladding made of polychrome marble , the originally generous painting with ultramarine and the gilded stone carvings on the facade facing the canal.

The palace is a telling example of the Venetian Gothic of the early 15th century. The initial connection of column and arch was fundamentally changed by the introduction of the tracery to the so-called " flaming Gothic ", in which the former simple arch was reinterpreted as a tracery shape and showed a sharp-edged, restless, playful profile. There was always opposition to this Gothic influence, which can also be seen on this facade. The lower floor shows a completely different arch position, which points to the beginning of the Renaissance in Venice.

The palace was built between 1421 and 1442 by order of Marino Contarini , Procurator to San Marco. The reuse of large parts of the previous Romanesque building resulted in an asymmetrical structure of the facade and the rooms. The architect was Bartolomeo Buon , the stone carvings were carried out by Matteo Raverti , among others . After the fall of the republic, the palace changed hands several times. It was neglected and threatened to deteriorate in its substance. In the 19th century it belonged to the dancer Maria Taglioni, who had the stairwell in the inner courtyard and the Gothic balconies to the courtyard torn down.

Galleria Franchetti in the Ca 'd'Oro

In 1895 Baron Giorgio Franchetti bought the Ca 'd'Oro, extensively restored the dilapidated house and housed an art collection in the renovated building. In 1915 he donated the house and collection to the Italian state. The Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca 'd'Oro was founded when Franchetti died in 1927.

Mostly Venetian art from Gothic to Baroque is exhibited. In addition to paintings and sculptures, handicrafts and carpets are also exhibited. The interior of the rooms no longer shows the original appearance due to the long neglect. During the restoration, individual rooms were equipped with ceilings from other palaces. The rooms themselves are furnished with old Venetian furniture and give an impression of the splendor of Venetian living culture.

The permanent collection includes paintings by Andrea Mantegna , Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo , Jacopo da Pontormo , van Dyck , vedute by Francesco Guardi , sculptures by Tullio Lombardo and the faded remains of the frescoes with which Giorgione and Tizian painted the facade of the Fondaco dei Tedeschi had issued.

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  1. ^ The Museum. In: (English), accessed December 1, 2019.

Coordinates: 45 ° 26 '26.4 "  N , 12 ° 20' 1.9"  E