You are visiting the most famous cities in Italy: Rome, Florence, Venice. You don’t want to waste time to see another Madonna, another Crucifixion or another gilded table. All what you have always known about Italy is that there is good food, a trendy life-style and old traditions and this is what is worth to see. Right?
Yes and no.
Sure we have good food, fashion, design, cafès and lots of interesting traditions but we are all well aware that what we have in the present developed from the past. When Italians go and visit other Italian cities they are very curious about the history and the art of the place, and they do go in museums in order to know more about it.
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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Green Living Room
Red Living Room
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.