The Unfinished Palazzo
In 1750 the powerful Venier family commissioned a brand new palazzo on the Grand Canal, a magnificent building that was to become monument to their dynastic pride. When work on the palazzo came to an abrupt halt, however, it was left at a dwarfish approximation of its original size, and standing at just one storey high it became known derisively as the Unfinished Palazzo. Neighbours petitioned to have it torn down but during the 20th century it was rescued by the three remarkable women who came to inhabit it. In Judith Mackrell’s talk she will describe the lives of these three Venetian chatelaines, and the individual ways in which they made the Palazzo one of the most notorious and brilliant destinations in Venice. She will explore too the ways in which the trio benefited from Venice’s reputation as a city that has for centuries been a refuge for mavericks, exiles, and especially for women who have breached the rules of social convention.
Judith Mackrell is an author, broadcaster and dance critic. Her books include Bloomsbury Ballerina 2008, Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation, 2013, and The Unfinished Palazzo, 2017. She is currently working on a group biography of six women journalists, during the Second World War.
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Tickets and timings for 18 February 2019:
Doors open 6 for 6.45pm
Venue: Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly W1J 0BE
Tickets: £18 Friends, £20 Others - to include a glass of wine afterwards
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