Discovering Venice’s Fashionable Past at Museo di Palazzo Mocenigo
For a fascinating insight into Venetian life in the 17th and 18th centuries, pay a visit to Museo di Palazzo Mocenigo – an opulent palace once lived in by one of the city’s grandest and most important noble families. Bequeathed to the city in 1945 by the family’s last descendent, Count Nicolò Mocenigo, the museum was painstakingly restored in 2013 – to dazzling effect. With sumptuous interiors laid out by renowned set designer Pier Luigi Pizzi, the museum contains a rich collection of neoclassical furnishings, paintings and glass chandeliers – as well as a series of superbly conserved ceiling frescoes painted in the late 18th century for a Mocenigo family wedding.
The main reason to visit, however, is the palace’s historic collection of ravishing Venetian costumes and fashion accessories – drawn from city-wide institutions such as the Correr Museum and Palazzo Grassi. Ranging from duchess adrienne (hip-extending dresses) to exquisitely embroidered silk waistcoats, the costumes are a reminder of the highly skilled craftsmanship and luxurious elegance for which Venetians were internationally famous during this period.
For more information about Museo di Palazzo Mocenigo, visit www.mocenigo.visitmuve.it