The unfinished palazzo : life, love and art in Venice : the stories of Luisa Casati, Doris Castlerosse, and Peggy Guggenheim

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Published 2017
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Summary:

Commissioned in 1750, the Palazzo Venier was planned as a testimony to the power and wealth of a great Venetian family, but the fortunes of the Venier family waned and the project was abandoned with only one storey complete. Empty, unfinished, and in a gradual state of decay, the building was considered an eyesore. Yet in the early 20th century the Unfinished Palazzo's quality of fairytale abandonment, and its potential for transformation, were to attract and inspire three fascinating women at key moments in their lives: Luisa Casati, Doris Castlerosse and Peggy Guggenheim. Each chose the Palazzo Venier as the stage on which to build her own world of art and imagination, surrounded by an amazing supporting cast, from d'Annunzio and Nijinsky, via Noel Coward and Cecil Beaton, to Yoko Ono.

ISBN:
9780500518663
Publisher, Date:
New York : Thames & Hudson, 2017.
Description:
408 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents:
Luisa Casati: the living work of art
Doris Castlerosse: the salonnière
Peggy Guggenheim: the collector.
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