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The Unfinished Palazzo: Life, Love and Art in Venice
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The Unfinished Palazzo: Life, Love and Art in Venice (Paperback)

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Abandoned unfinished and left to rot on Venice's Grand Canal, `il palazzo non finito' was once an unloved guest among the aristocrats of Venetian architecture. Yet in the 20th century it played host to three passionate and unconventional women who would take the city by storm. The staggeringly wealthy Marchesa Luisa Casati made her new home a belle epoque aesthete's fantasy and herself a living work of art; notorious British socialite Doris Castlerosse (nee Delevingne) welcomed film stars and royalty to glittering parties between the wars; and American heiress Peggy Guggenheim amassed an exquisite collection of modern art, which today draws visitors from around the world.



Each in turn used the Unfinished Palazzo as a stage on which to re-fashion her life, with a dazzling supporting cast ranging from D'Annunzio and Nijinsky, through Noel Coward, Winston Churchill and Cecil Beaton, to Yoko Ono. Individually sensational and collectively remarkable, these stories of modern Venice tell us much about the ways women chose to live in the 20th century.

Architecture & DesignArchitecture Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd Publication Date: 05/07/2018 ISBN-13: 9780500294437  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Judith Mackrell is the Guardian's dance critic and a successful author of biographical non-fiction titles, including Bloomsbury Ballerina: Lydia Lopokova, Imperial Dancer and Mrs John Maynard Keynes,which was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award, and Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation, which combines the biographies of six women whose lives together encapsulated the history of the flapper era.

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Three independent and strong-minded women – fashion muse, ‘it’ girl and an artistic patroness each in her way made a mark on society and the Venetian palazzo that would become their home in turn.   Capturing the carefree attitudes to life and love, this rich multi-layered reflection on the decadent culture of the interwar years and beyond is simply one of the best biographies I have read this year. A period that still holds fascination and allure for us today, this account of determination and luck to pursue dreams is inspirational.

 

 

Mo, Charing Cross Road

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 25/07/2018

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