Sunday at the Museum
As the first Sunday in the month is now the day (Domenica al Museo) state museums throw open their doors for free, I thought I would pay a visit to one of my favourites, the Ca' d'Oro. Not only is it one of the most beautiful palazzi in Venice, it is also home to an exciting collection of works of art.
The palace was originally built for Marino Contarini, in the first half of the 15th century. However, it soon passed out of the hands of the Contarini family and was sold and resold over the following four centuries.
The museum is, perhaps, most famous for the painting of Saint Sebastian by Mantegna, for which Franchetti designed a special niche. But the collection also boasts, in addition to work by the usual suspects (Antonio Vivarini, Tullio Lombardo and Il Riccio), a portrait by Sir Anthony Van Dyck, two busts by Gianlorenzo Bernini and fragments of frescoes by Titian.