The majestic Ca'Rezzonico palace, which construction took over 100 years, is now the Museum of the '700 of Venice, the richest century of the Serenissima
Designed in 1649 by Baldassare Longhena, the greatest Baroque architect of the city, for the aristocratic Bon family, Ca’ Rezzonico was finished only in in 1756 (106 years later!) by Giorgio Massari for the new owners: the Rezzonico family. After many owners in the following centuries, Ca’ Rezzonico was finally bought by the Venice town council in 1935 and turned into the Museum of 18th century Venice.
The combination of the rich pieces of fine art on display in the Museum, as well as the building itself with its frescoes by Giambattista Tiepolo, the ample ball room created by Massari and the marvellous chandelier a “ciocca” invented in Murano by Giuseppe Briati, which signaled a new birth of Murano’s glass export , are an incredible testimony of the richest and most pompous century of Venetian life.
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