CategoryDecorative Arts, Fine Arts, Historic House
Good To KnowOpen also Mondays
Specialisation18th century Venetian art
TipDon't miss the frescoes by Guarana, Diziani and Tiepolo.
Ca’ Rezzonico is a museum dedicated to 18th-century Venice located in a splendid Baroque palazzo on the Grand Canal. The museum offers visitors a fascinating glimpse of life as it was during Venice’s Golden Age.
In 1649, Filippo Bon, head of one of Venice’s most important families, commissioned famed architect of the day, Baldassare Longhena, to build the sumptuous palazzo. Longhena’s death in 1682, together with the financial problems of the Bon family, brought work to a halt, leaving the mansion incomplete. Ownership then passed in 1751 to Giambattista Rezzonico, a merchant and banker, who appointed Giorgio Massari to complete the works.
The palace passed through the hands of various owners during the 19th century, including the English painter Robert Barrett Browning. It was used as a residence by his father, the writer Robert Browning, who died there. It was finally sold to the Venice Town Council in 1935 and opened as a public museum in April 1936. Today it is one of the finest museums in Venice. In addition to the superb frescoes, sculptures and period costumes, visitors can see Murano glass and furniture from the 1700s, as well as works by artists such as Tiepolo and Tintoretto, and Canaletto.