Fans of Fans

It’s the 18th century in Venice. You are fortunate enough to call on friends in drawing rooms like this:IMG_8635

Along with your stylish outfit, if you are a woman, you’d also accessorize with a fan. Ca’ Mocenigo displays such drawing rooms, dresses, robes, waistcoats, shoes, perfumes, and fans as would have graced noble Venetians. If you haven’t visited this lesser-known museum, here’s a slideshow of some of the fans to give you a taste of what you can see there.

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As you can see from the following two Venetian paintings, women often carried fans to cool themselves in stuffy salons, but also to titillate: What is behind that fan that she so artfully flutters in front of her face? How much more alluring those chocolatey eyes when they’re only glimpsed momentarily.

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The Michiel Family portrait by Longhi

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Playing cards at the ridotto

I had never thought much about fans in the context of Venetian history before this visit, but then I spent some very pleasant hours in this museum enjoying the fans’ many styles and patterns. See details about the museum and how to visit it in Venice: Palazzo Mocenigo

About seductivevenice

Teacher, writer, traveler, dancer, reader, photographer, gardener.
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1 Response to Fans of Fans

  1. Nancy Schwalen says:

    I have always loved fans. They just don’t seem to have a place in my world usually.

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