Ca’ Mocenigo: 18th century Interiors, Costumes and the History of Perfume

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If you want to indulge to your interest for 18th century Venetian lifestyle, the museum of Ca’ Mocenigo is one of the most appropriate places where to go.
The museum (housing also the Centre of Studies on the History of Textiles and Costumes) is located on the noble floor of palazzo Mocenigo at San Stae.

Strolling through the rooms you can sense the pleasure for material beauty, which characterizes the culture of a people who traded for centuries with luxury goods: carved and gilded furniture, Murano chandeliers and appliques, velvet fabrics, Burano laces and table cloaks, frescoes and paintings. Most of the artworks and objects were purchased by the Mocenigo family and are original to the palace.

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The history of Perfume: a new exhibition in Ca’ Mocenigo

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The Museum of Ca’ Mocenigo, a 17th century palace in San Stae, housing furniture, paintings, plaster works, chandeliers, mirrors and costumes of the 18th century will be closed until May for a general restyling. From June 1st the museum will host a new section dedicated to the history of perfumes.
Cosmetic has an ancient tradition in Venice. Through the spice and silk routes the Venetian merchants imported raw materials such as Ceylon cinnamon or civet, lemon balm and rosa mosqueta, which were then transformed in ointment, cosmetic creams and powders.

Find a good article about the new perfume exhibition here.

 

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