Ca’ Michiel dalle Colonne. Art, history and characters of a Venetian palace.
MiBACT Segretariato regionale per il Veneto - Ca' Michiel dalle Colonne in partnership con TeatrOrtaet
The Regional Secretariat for Veneto of the Italian Ministry of Culture (MiC) plans to produce "unpublished monographs of particular scientific relevance, such as to constitute an important contribution to the progress of scientific research or cultural promotion". To this end, IVSLA, the Veneto Institute of Sciences, Letters and Arts, which publishes and promotes culture, has been requested to collaborate to fill in the lack of a monographic volume dedicated to a prestigious building on the Grand Canal in Venice. The palace, which was rebuilt at the end of the seventeenth century on pre-existing Venetian-Byzantine structures, was presumably frescoed by Jacopo Guarana and decorated with stuccoes by Michelangelo Morlaiter for the marriage of Giustina Renier, a renowned writer, with Marcantonio Michiel in 1775. The building has more recently experienced more painful historical events, such as those related to Ca' Littoria, which has been renamed Ca' Matteotti, as made known publicly thanks to the video “Ca' Michiel dalle Colonne. Da Ca' Littoria a Ca' Matteotti" (Ca' Michiel dalle Colonne. From Ca' Littoria to Ca' Matteotti) based on the homonymous text by Giulio Bobbo and produced in collaboration with the Municipality of Venice, IVESER (the Venetian Institute of the History of the Resistance and Contemporary Society) and ANPI Venezia Sezione Sette Martiri (National Association of Italian Partisans). The volume will contain essays dedicated to architecture, pictorial and fresco decorations, the history of missing collections belonging to the Duke of Mantua and the Donà dalle Rose family, literary productions of Giustina Renier Michiel, the patrician families who succeeded ownership of the building from the Grimani to the Zen family and up to the Michiel family, written by officers serving at the writing office with academic qualifications as historians, art historians and architects and with the valuable contribution of IVSLA. Financing of the volume would enhance the knowledge of the general public regarding a building with so much history attached to it, the knowledge that would accompany the production of a video dedicated to the historical characters, who actually lived there.