Ca' d'Oro, Venice

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    Ca' d'Oro the most beautiful palace.

    by breughel Updated Nov 8, 2013

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    It is the most beautiful palace in the Venetian floral gothic style. During numerous years the facade was hidden by the works of restoration. So that it is a pleasure to see, after the turn of the Grand Canal at the Rialto bridge, the presently white façade of the Ca' d' Oro called "golden house" due to the gilt and polychrome external decorations which once adorned its walls.
    Some comments here mention a "Moorish influence" or "Islamic architectural influence" while it is a beautiful example of typical 15th century Venetian Gothic design ("Gothique fleuri - flower gothic").
    One might find some Byzantine inspiration but when the Ca' d'Oro Palazzo was built in 1430 for the Contarini family, Constantinople had not been taken over by the Turks yet.

    Inside the collection Franchetti is certainly estimable but can not be compared with the collections of the Accademia or the museum Correr. (I find the price increase since 2007 on the strong side!).
    The visit justifies itself more by the beauty of the inner courtyard, the portico onto the Grand Canal and by the enclosed balcony of the principal salon on the "piano nobile". The columns and arches of this balcony have capitals which in turn support a row of quatrefoil windows of great delicacy; above this balcony is another enclosed balcony or loggia of a similar yet even lighter design.
    One has a magnificent view, through the beautiful arches, on the Grand Canal, the "Pescheria", the "Fabriche Nuove" and the "Fabriche Vecchie" of the Rialto.
    The movement of Vaporetti, Motoscafi, barges of all kind supplying the Mercato, water taxis and gondolas is a spectacle worthwhile by itself to visit the Ca' d'Oro.

    The entrance is by the narrow alley which connects the pontoon Ca'd' Oro with Strada Nova.
    Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 08.15 to 19.15h. On Monday 08.15 - 14.00h.
    Last entrance 30 min. before closing time.
    Closed 25 December, 1 January and 1 May. Bookings tel. 0415200345
    Prices:
    Normal price (2013): € 6 + exhibition 12€
    Price reduced: € 3 + exhibition 9€ for EU citizens between 18 and 25 years old.
    Free: E.U. citizens under 18 and over 65;

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    Ca'd'Oro: Giorgio Franchetti's Gallery

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Aug 2, 2009

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    Ca'd'Oro is an old patrician palace built in the 14th century in a Gothic-Venecian style. In 1894 it was bought by Giorgio Franchetti and it became the home of his fantastic art collection.
    There you can see many paintings made by the Venecian school and some wonderful masterpieces of art like San Sebastian made by Mantegna, many Tuscany works and fantastic sculptures.

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    Ca' d'Oro

    by MM212 Updated Aug 25, 2009

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    The greatest of Venice's Gothic palazzi, Ca' d'Oro was built in 1421 for the Contarini family on the Grand Canal. Although it was officially named Palazzo Santa Sofia, it immediately became known as Ca' d'Oro (house of gold) for the gilded ornaments that once covered its façade. It was designed by Giovanni Bon and his son Bartolomeo, who also designed the Gothic Porta della Carta at il Palazzo Ducale. The stunning Ca' d'Oro is intricately decorated with splendid Venetian gothic arches and balconies, which contain a strong hint of Islamic architectural influence. Ca' d'Oro changed ownership numerous times, and fell into decay in the 19th century until it was purchased by Baron Giorgio Franchetti in 1894. The Baron restored the palazzo and then donated it to the State upon his death in 1922, along with his art collection. Ca' d'Oro has since been turned into a museum (la Galleria Franchetti Ca' d'Oro) with a fine collection of European Renaissance art. The exterior of Ca' d'Oro is best viewed from the vaporetto ferry along the Grand Canal.

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    Cà d'oro

    by Polly74 Written Dec 1, 2004

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    An unusually beatiful example of typical 15th century Gothic design, with its fanciful architectual motives, wealth of marbles and the splendour of its gold and colour, now all disappeared, which drew insperation from eastern rather than from northern art.
    It is probable that, in the original idea, begining with the traditional type of Venitian palace, the whole building should have been made with a central body flanked by two smaller side pieces, but only the right side was built, through lack of space.
    It was constructed between 1421 and 1440, by Marin Contarini, on the site of a previous house, that once belonged to the Zeno family. This explains why some of the Veneto-byzantine style ornaments belong to the 13th century.
    The work of this splendid architectual creation, crowned with a typical happily planned crenellation, was carried out by the Lombard and Venetian stone-masons, supervised by Matteo Raverti and the Bons.
    Today, minus the additions and irreverent transformations of the architect Meduna (middle of the 19th century) and with the little "Saracen" windows of the mezzanine floor, and the top frieze, it has re-aquired all the harmony of its original aspect.
    It became the property of the State as the result of a munificent gift on the part of Baron Giorgio Franchetti.

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    by doug48 Updated Jul 30, 2006

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    the grand canal is lined with beautiful palazzos, the ca' d' oro is one of the most famous. built in 1420 by marino contarini it was the most magnificent in the city. the ca' d' oro is open to the public and houses a nice art museum.

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    Galleria Giorgio Franchetti at Ca' d'Oro

    by Jefie Updated Sep 3, 2010

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    Ca d'Oro is a beautiful palazzo facing the Grand Canal, with a Gothic architecture that is quite reminescent of the Palazzo Ducale. It was built during the 15th century for the rich and powerful Contarini family who produced no less than eight doges over the years, and whose ambition at that time was to own the most beautiful palazzo in the city. To do so, they hired the same team of architects who had worked on the Palazzo Ducale (Giovanni and Bartolomeo Bon). Its gorgeous facade was once covered with gold leaves, hence the name of the palazzo (Ca' d'Oro meaning "the golden house"). Unfortunately, it lost some of its glory over the years, mostly due to dubious modifications made by some of its owners. It was eventually acquired in 1894 by Giorgio Franchetti, who dedicated many efforts (and quite a bit of money) to its restoration.

    Ca' d'Oro now houses the Galleria Giorgio Franchetti, a collection of Venitian school paintings by the likes of Titian, Giorgione and Carpaccio. I can't say that it was the most exciting collection we got to see in Italy, but I did enjoy walking around the palazzo very much. The two loggie facing the Grand Canal are open to visitors, and so is the palazzo's lovely inner courtyard. The museum is open daily and tickets are 6.50 Euros.

    On the second floor loggia View from the second floor loggia One of the sculptures in the palazzo's courtyard Gothic staircase and stone well at Ca' d'Oro The facade of Ca' d'Oro (as seen on the vaporetto)
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    Ca' d'Oro

    by zadunajska8 Updated Feb 15, 2012

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    The building of the Ca' d'Oro was conceived by the wealthy patrician Marino Contarini in 1420 when he determined that it would be the greatest palace in the city. The faceade of the palace at the time of it's constuction was adorned in glorious gold leaf, ultramarine and vermilion. It must have been a spectacular sight then. Sadly these colous are long since gone, worn away by the elements over the centuries, but the intricate carving of the stonework remains and is still a sight to behold.

    Sadly the house did not do too well over the centuries and a succesion of 16th century owners remodelled the place and by the 18th century it was semi-derelict. In 1846 it was purchased by a Russian prince for the ballerina Maria Taglioni and then suffered a series of barbaric 'restorations' until it was saved by Baron Franchetti who restored it to somnething approaching it's former glory and then gifted it to the Italian state in 1915.

    Restoration is still ongoing now and so when we visited the 2nd floor of the gallery now housed within the building was closed. Whilst the gallery is one of the most rewarding we saw in Venice (and I have reviewed it seperately to the building itself) the building is the real draw. Seen from a boat on the Grand Canal it is one of the most attractive buildings on what must be one of the most picturesque streets in the world. From inside the building, either the ground floor courtyard or 1st floor loggia, you get superb views across the Grand Canal through beautiful lacey stonework.

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    Ca d'Oro

    by BruceDunning Updated May 31, 2008

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    The facing used to have a gold gilded facing, therefor the name. It was desinged by Givanni and Bott. Now it is used to display paintings and called Georgio Frnachetti gallery. It has been named the golden house and the Bon architect started the design in 1428. The front is gothic with the Venezian twist of Byzantine flavor. After the fall of the Venice empire in 1797, it changed ownership until becoming a Venice owned palace in 1922

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    CA D'ORO

    by Helga67 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    This Venetian Gothic palace was given the name Ca’ d’Oro or House of Gold because the facade was once gilded, but over time it has suffered from erosion. Ca’ d’ Oro houses the Franchetti Gallery, which is dedicated to Venetian Byzantine Art.

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    The Franchetti Collection at Ca' d'Oro

    by zadunajska8 Updated Feb 15, 2012

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    Whilst the building of the Ca' d'Oro is clearly the main attraction, the Franchetti collection displayed in the galleries within are possibly one of the most rewarding of Venice's galleries.

    At the time we visited in February 2012 the 2nd floor was closed for renovation but the first floor was open for business. Here the pride of place item is Andrea Mantegna's St Sebastian (1506).

    The portego gallery has some interesting Renaissance bronzes and a number of sculptures, and of course, that wonderful view out across the Grand Canal.

    There are some interesting works by Capaccio and Signorelli amongst others. The great thing here is that there is plenty of information provided in a number of languages, including English.

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    by lina112 Written Sep 6, 2008

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    Is the most famous palace in grand canal, Marino Contarini made to built in the first half of the 400. Is a example of gothic style that was develop it Venice it that time. Today is the site of Galleria Franchetti, name of the last owner of the palace, baron Giorgio Franchetti. The galery contains a prestigious collection of paints, bronzes, marbles, and objets of venetian art, italian and from abroad from the ´500, ´600 and´700.

    Es el palacio mas famoso del gran canal, lo hizo construir Marino Contarini durante la primera mitad del 400. Es un ejemplo de estilo gótico que se estaba desarrollando en Venecia en ese tiempo. Hoy es la sede de la galeria Franchetti, nombre del último propietario del palacio, el barón Giorgio Franchetti. La galería posee una prestigiosa colección de pinturas, bronces, mármoles y objetos de arte veneciana, italiana y extranjera del ´500 ´600 y del ´700.

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    Ca' d'Oro

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 5, 2005

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    In 1420 Marino Contarini, a wealthy patrician, commissioned the construction of what he hoped would be the city's most magnificent palace. The building's intricate carving was done by a team of Venetian and Lombard craftsmen, while the facade was beautifully adorned with gold leaf, vermilion and ultramarine. In 1916 Baron Giorgio Franchetti rescued the building after it had gone into semi-dereliction and bequeathed both the building and his private art collection to the state.

    Open: 8.15am-7.15pm daily (2pm Mon).

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    View the Ca' d'Oro from the Grand Canal

    by ChrsStrl Written Jun 21, 2003

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    Another Contarini palace - I had not realised just how much we owed them!

    It is considered the most beautiful Gothic palace in Venice it was started in 1420 and originally covered with gilded decoration. The view as you pass it on the vaporetto is one you must repeat again and again.

    Now it is fully restored it is open as an art gallery.

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    And make a point of visiting the Ca' d'Oro as well

    by ChrsStrl Written Jun 21, 2003

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    Entrance to the gallery is through a most attractive courtyard containing a 15th C well head. On two floors are paintings by the likes of Mantegna, Bellini, Carpaccio, and Signorelli.

    There are also various pieces of sculpture.

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    Ca' d'Oro

    by sim1 Updated Oct 10, 2002

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    The Ca' d'Oro is one of the most beautiful private houses on the Canale Grande. You will find it near the Santa Sofia ferry point and it can only be viewed from the water.

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