Palazzo Barbarigo is a palace in Venice
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, situated on the Grand Canal
Grand Canal of Venice
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of the city. It was originally built in the 16th century. Today it is one of the more opulent palazzi on the canal, distinguished by its mosaic
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s of Murano
Murano is a series of islands linked by bridges in the Venetian Lagoon, northern Italy. It lies about 1.5 km north of Venice and measures about across with a population of just over 5,000 . It is famous for its glass making, particularly lampworking...
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applied in 1886. At the time it was owned by the proprietors of one of the glass factories, who took their cue from the exterior mosaics on the facade of St Mark's Basilica
St Mark's Basilica
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The palazzo follows the Renaissance pattern of design on three floors: an open loggia
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gives access to the canal surmounted by a Piano nobile
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with open loggias and decorated columns, with a "secondo piano nobile" (secondary floor) above. The comparatively modern mosaics probably cover original windows, and obliviate the original design.
When the mosaics were executed, the then new owners were decried by their more aristocrat
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ic neighbours as nouveaux riches, and their taste garish and out of keeping with the genteel decay of the neighbouring buildings. However, it should be remembered that many of the Renaissance
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palazzi on the canal were once too covered in polychrome
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decorations, with elaborate plaster
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work adding to their splendour.
Part of the Palazzo Barbarigo is today a showroom and shop of Murano glass
Murano glass is a famous product of the Venetian island of Murano. Located off the shore of Venice, Italy, Murano has been a commercial port as far back as the 7th century. By the 10th century, the city had become well known for its glassmakers, who created unique Murano glass...
In the 20s Palazzo Barbarigo was the headquarters of Pauly & C. - Compagnia Venezia Murano
Pauly & C. - Compagnia Venezia Murano
Pauly & C. - Compagnia Venezia Murano is a Venetian company that produces glass art, most notably Roman murrine, mosaics and chandeliers.The company was formed in 1919 by a merger of Pauly & C and the Compagnia di Venezia e Murano...
, the oldest of actually brands of venetian glass factory. Pauly was founded in 1866.
- Satellite image from Google Maps (on the south bank of the Grand Canal, just to the right of the wide north-south canal)