This was a most enjoyable visit. The magnificent ballroom is breathtaking. The extent and the great illusion created by the trompe l'oeil is magnificent. It adds considerably to the impression of size of the ballroom. It was fascinating to observe that when we looked up close along the trompe l'oeil artwork it collapsed to flat two dimensional. Then moving back from it the full visual effect was again obvious. Ingenious!
We were surprised at the massive size of the Palazzo and thus the extent of the great collection, over three floors. The ceiling frescoes throughout are vibrant with many of them allegorical in nature, such as Tiepolo’s Nuptial Allegory in the eponymous room.
We loved the amazing carved wooden furnishings by Brustolon that are in both the Ballroom and the room named after him. The detail is exquisite.
Given that they are practically non-existent in Venice, we were looking forward to seeing the Canalettos, of the Grand Canal. There was only one on show, the second one is on loan to Paris.
Tiepolo’s frescoes from the family villa at Zianigo are very attractive and we spent considerable time viewing them. The paintings of everyday life in Venice by Guardi and Longhi are very relaxing. The rooms with the lighthearted depictions of the life of Punchinello (Punch) are amusing.
Finally we viewed the reconstructed pharmacy, originally on a street in Venice, on the third floor which we found interesting
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