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.


The Michiel Family portrait by Longhi


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

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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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