Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Palazzo Venier dei Leoni

Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, Venice
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni
Seen from the Canal Grande (Grand Canal)
Venice, September 2013

“Palazzo Venier dei Leoni was probably begun in the 1750s by architect Lorenzo Boschetti, whose only other known building in Venice is the church of San Barnaba. It is an unfinished palace. A model exists in the Museo Correr, Venice. 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.”
(The Palace, Peggy Guggenheim Collection)