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Domus Grimani 1594-2019

Domus Grimani 1594-2019

The collection of classical sculputures reassembled in its original setting after four centuries
1° ed.
978-88-297-0125-4
The architecture of Palazzo Grimani a Santa Maria Formosa is a one-off in Venice, just as its history is unique. Built at the beginning of the 16th century in the Mannerist style, so rare that it can be said to be the only example in the city, it was the residence of an extremely important patrician family that included among its members patriarchs, cardinals, doges and procurators, all of whom were enthusiastic collectors of Greek and Roman antiquities. They amassed a huge and highly prestigious collection, which on the death of Patriarch Giovanni, in 1596, was donated to the Repubblica Serenissima and housed in the Biblioteca Marciana, where it has been on display up until now.
After an absence of more than four centuries, the exhibition Domus Grimani 1594 - 2019 is bringing the patriarch’s collection of statues back to its original home, Palazzo Grimani, which has in the meantime become a state museum. The heart of the exhibition is the reconstruction of Patriarch Giovanni’s Tribuna, the most unusual room in the building, whose walls, punctuated by pillars, architectural elements and niches had been designed to display the Grimani family’s extraordinary collection of antiquities.
The catalogue recounts the history of the Grimani collection in detail, commencing with the chamber of antiquities, and reveals its extraordinary beauty, partly through a major photographic campaign carried out for the occasion. The volume continues with a description of the rooms that make up the exhibition space leading to the Tribuna, offering the reader a glimpse of the marvelous decorations of a 16th-century aristocratic residence through images of furnishings, tapestries, pictures and other objects evocative of a unique age and style of life.