Ca’ d’Oro

From the brief presentation on the site of one of most famous palazzi facing
Venice’s Canal Grande, we don’t understand why its owner Giorgio Franchetti
committed suicide in 1922, exactly the year when the first Mussolini’s Fascist
regime was installed.


Paolo Monti – Servizio fotografico, Photos courtesy of Wikimedia commons

Baron Franchetti, of blessed memory, passed away in 1922, and not in 1927,
as it is written on Cà d’Oro’s site:

“The Ca’ d’Oro, one of the most prestigious late Gothic palaces in Venice, gathers up
the important art collection of the Baron Giorgio Franchetti (1865-1927), who in 1916
donated his collections and the building itself to the Italian State, after having made it
magnificient as in the past with some restorations. During some years the collection
of the nobleman, which includes furniture, paintings, medals, tapestries, bronzes
and sculptures, was enlarged with the annexation of Renaissance’s works coming from
suppressed or demolished religious buildings and collections coming from the Gallerie
dell’Accademiaand the Archaeological Museum; moreover in 1992 a new expositive section,
gathering up Venetian ceramic, took place next to Palazzo Duodo. The visit of the palace,
which is characterized by the structure of the ancient Venice’s warehouse, is not limited
to the Gallery, opened to the public in 1927. Of particular interest are the inner courtyard,
with its impressive floor marked out by the ancient marbles’ mosaic, made by the Baron
himself to evocate the early Christian Cathedrals, and the original well curb sculpted
by Bartolomeo Bon in 1427.”

We’d highly recommend visiting:
Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’ d’Oro | The Museum

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Photos courtesy of Ioana Lucia Eliad

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Photos courtesy of Ioana Lucia Eliad