A Palazzo Cut Short

The Palazzo Venier dei Leoni looks like this:IMG_4009.JPG

But it was supposed to look like this:

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This model can be seen at the Museo Correr. I had heard that the palace was never finished because the owners ran out of money, but the Peggy Guggenheim museum website has this to say:

“It is an unfinished palace. A model exists in the Museo Correr, Venice (1). Its magnificent classical façade would have matched that of Palazzo Corner, opposite, with the triple arch of the ground floor (which is the explanation of the ivy-covered pillars visible today) extended through both the piani nobili above. We do not know precisely why this Venier palace was left unfinished. Money may have run out, or some say that the powerful Corner family living opposite blocked the completion of a building that would have been grander than their own. Another explanation may rest with the unhappy fate of the next door Gothic palace which was demolished in the early 19th century: structural damage to this was blamed in part on the deep foundations of Palazzo Venier dei Leoni.”

I had always wondered what the palazzo was meant to look like, and when I stumbled upon the model in the Correr last summer, my curiosity was finally satisfied.

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2 Responses to A Palazzo Cut Short

  1. Nancy Schwalen says:

    The existing one looks almost Moorish to me (but I don’t know why). by the way, are those closed umbrellas on the top? Is the rooftop used for luncheons???

    • When Peggy Guggenheim lived there, she sunbathed topless. Some years ago, when there was a tall art installation next door, we were able to climb up it and then look down onto the Guggenheim roof; we saw people having a cocktail party. How do you get invited to THAT event?!

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