Cavalli Franchetti Palace


Venice: Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti - 16 kB

General remarks:

Date:Middle of 15th century
Architect:Camillo Boito
Address:San Marco 2847
Current use:Istituto Veneziano Scienze, Lettere ed Arti / CORILA
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This palazzo is tightly related with the Palazzo Pisani-Moretta. It is the second example of traceries superposed over the pointed archs gained from the crossing of two round archs. But here, this kind of tracery can be found on the first piano nobile and it is limited to five arches. (Ca'Pisani-Moretta: second piano nobile and six arches). The same geometrical system and basic square was used.
A radical alteration at the end of the 19th century by Camillo Boito deeply influenced today's building. Only the façade is partially original, from the first window axis on the old gothic palace, including the open stairways, was replaced by a neogothic construction. The mansard towards the Canal Grande was eliminated as well as the stairway towards the Grand Canal.
The palazzo's building plot is very deep. An engraving made by Luca Carlevariis and Marco Moro's lithography prove this. Marco Moro's view gives us information about the left wing's original character. Initially, a palazzetto bordered the palazzo at the left. Both were replaced by today's private garden. At the interior, the palazzo still has decoration from the 19th century, e.g. a monumental and richly decorated staircase.

Additional pictures:

six-light piano nobile tracery arcade with neogothic balconies
38 kB (100x74)

Related buildings


Arslan (1970) 205s
Bassi (1976) p. 256
Diruf (1990) pp. 110-126
Romanelli (1988) pp. 301, 353
Romanelli, Giandomenico: Tra gotico e neogotico: Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti a San Vidal, Venezia 1990

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