In this chapter we discuss one of the most prestigious, elegant and characteristic buildings of the Grand Canal, Ca' Rezzonico Palace.
Ca' Rezzonico Palace is an authentic Venetian jewel. This splendid Baroque palace is not only one of the most decorated in Venice, but also one of the few on the Grand Canal to be open to the public. Inaugurated in 1934, it houses the 18th Century Venetian Museum in its halls, where you can admire frescoes, paintings and antiques from other palaces or museums. It was built in the second half of the seventeenth century by Baldassare Longhena, but remained unfinished, as the funds ran out before the second floor started. Only in 1751, long after the death of Longhena, the palace was bought by the Rezzonico and then completed.
Among its most precious treasures, we remember the ceiling frescoes by Gianbattista Tiepolo, the collection of paintings from the eighteenth century Venetian life by Pietro Longhi and paintings by Francesco Guardi and Canaletto. The main attraction of the building, however, is the ballroom designed by Giorgio Massari, which occupies the entire width of the building and is enriched by large golden chandeliers and inlaid furniture.
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