Venice's Hall of Fame

Palazzo Loredan, Campo Santo Stefano, Venice
On the south west side of the Campo Santo Stefano stands a rather grand building. It is the Palazzo Loredan, home to a rather grand institution, the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti.

The main hall and the two stairwells host the Panteon Veneto, a large collection of marble busts and medallions representing 'men who had distinguished themselves in politics, arms, navigation, science, humanities and arts who were born or who had long lived in the Venetian Provinces'. The fifty-eight sculptures were created between 1847 and 1932. Only one depicts a woman.
Palazzo Loredan, Campo Santo Stefano, Venice
She is Caterina Cornaro (1454-1510), erstwhile Queen of Cyprus, who 'distinguished' herself by ceding the island to Venice in 1489. 

There are, unsurprisingly, many painters (Titian, Veronese and Tintoretto to name a few) present. However, when it comes to the world of music, only a single composer is honoured. There is a bust to Benedetto Marcello, but not to Andrea or Giovanni Gabrieli, Monteverdi or Vivaldi! The absence of the latter two composers may be explained by the fact that their work was still in the process of being rediscovered when the last of the sculptures were carved.  

The Palazzo Loredan is open to the public from Monday until Friday and is definitely worth a peek. 


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