I cross over the bridge from where I snapped this photo nearly every day. Without fail, my head turns to catch a glimpse of the pretty palace across the Grand Canal that holds many painted pleasures.
This beautiful, bright white marble Baroque palace designed by architect Baldasarre Longhena houses an extensive modern art collection. Including works by Venetian and international artists as well as a top floor dedicated entirely to Asian art.
Ca’ Pesaro as an art museum was created coinciding with the synchronicity of three events. The first ever Venice Biennale in 1895 and subsequently two generous donations to the city.
The personal collection of Prince Alberto Giovanelli in 1897. Then the palace itself, given by Garibaldi’s widow, Duchess Felicita Bevilacqua La Masa. The Duchess’ donation dictated that the palace and additional assets be used as a venue for young, struggling artists. In fact, her widely successful foundation still actively exists in the city today.
While the collection is fabulous and the temporary exhibitions keep things stimulating, the palace itself is a worthy visit. The courtyard entrance is grand, the staircase monumental. The waterside vestibule has been turned into a casual, comfortable cafe. Nice spot for a Grand Canal side snack. A standard white box museum bookshop has been added too.
I find that within the rich artistic legacy of this magical city places like Ca’ Pesaro hold both mysteries and marvel.