Vendramin Palace at Venice

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“A certain originality and freedom of intervention is perceptible in the buildings of the early period of the Venetian Renaissance style; the old style is happily blended with the new, which during the first stage is still imbued with Romanesque conceptions.” The Vendramin were a rich merchant family of Venice, Italy. What is now the most prominent “Palazzo Vendramin” in Venice, the splendid Ca’ Vendramin Calergi by Mauro Codussi on the Grand Canal, was in fact only inherited by the family in 1739, and is now the casino, also famous as the place where Richard Wagner died in 1883. Some rooms are kept as a museum commemorating Wagner’s stay. The 16th century Ca’ Vendramin di Santa Fosca in the Cannaregio quarter, now also a hotel, is where Gabriele Vendramin’s collection was housed. Yet another is the 16th or possibly 17th century “Palazzo Vendramin dei Carmini", in Dorsoduro, most of which is now occupied by part of the University of Venice.


A. Rosengarten, W. Collett-Sandars A Handbook of Architectural Styles (New York, NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1895)


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